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Deontay Wilder seeking unification with Andy Ruiz Jr-Anthony Joshua winner

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WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder 41-0-1 (40) has reaffirmed he wants to face the winner of Andy Ruiz Jr vs Anthony Joshua II in February if the opportunity presented itself.

The 33-year-old American is expected to face Tyson Fury 29-0-1 (20) in a rematch on February 22 but is keen to unify his title with the IBF, WBA and WBO champion who emerges from Ruiz Jr-Joshua rematch in December.

Fury, who was dropped twice and held to a controversial draw against Wilder last December, insisted he would never step aside to allow the unification bout to happen but Wilder claims the idea originally came from the undefeated Brit.

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Wilder spoke to Tha Boxing Voice about a potential fight with Ruiz Jr or Joshua instead of Fury, saying: “I would do that, but we’re not going to beg nobody to do nothing.

“I’m a warrior, bro. I’m a king, and my mentality is savage. If so be it.

“If the man wants to get his ass whooped in the ring, then so be it. I tried to give him another road.

“And I tried to give him what he talked about the first time when he said, ‘Why don’t you and Joshua fight, and I can come back’.

“I’m only giving him what he asked for. Most of these guys get what they ask for.”

Wilder is expected to face Luis Ortiz in a rematch later this year and moved to allay fears the fight could be cancelled.

“It’ll be coming soon, and they’ll have a date and place where it’ll be at,” he said. “So no-one has to worry.

“Yeah, you can look for an announcement around that time [of September 28] for sure for people to get their arrangements in order for them to book their flights and hotels and get everything situated.”

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