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Andy Ruiz Jr still wants Deontay Wilder after tune-up bout

Andy Ruiz Jr and father and manager Andy Ruiz Sr (right). Photo credit: Getty Images

Former unified heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr 35-2 (22) insists he never priced himself out of a fight against Deontay Wilder 43-2-1 (42) and still wants to face the former WBC heavyweight champion in the ring.

The duo were in neogtiations to fight earlier this year with Team Wilder claiming Ruiz’s father and trainer Andy Ruiz Sr wanted $25 million to make the fight.

Ruiz wants to revisit the fight but wants to have an interim bout first after not boxing for over a year.

“I’m ready to get back in the ring and that’s why I’m here to talk to [promoters] Tom Brown and to talk to Al Haymon. We’re ready for the big fights,” Ruiz said to Fight Hub TV.

“I’m probably going to have a tune-up fight and then probably fight Wilder, but we’re waiting.”

Regarding his financial demands to make the fight the first time around, Ruiz says it’s fake news.

“It’s all bullshit. He doesn’t want to fight. He never even gave me an offer. How am I going to say, ‘Hey, I want $25 million’? It’s all bullshit,” Ruiz said. “He’s over here trying to blame my dad. Dads are going to try and look out for their kids.

“Tell him to show me proof that I wanted $25 million because that’s a lie. There was nothing offered [from Team Wilder].

“They just told me if I would want to fight him, I said, ‘yeah, make an offer, send me a contract’. It didn’t happen.

“I had a dream that I fought this big guy and it was Wilder and I knocked him down and I won. That’s exactly why I’m trying to stay in shape to get ready and I’m going to win. I’m going to win that fight.”

Wilder’s trainer Malik Scott recently laid blame for the fight not happening solely at Ruiz’s feet.

“Andy Ruiz did business with us the same way he attempted to do business with Tyson Fury, he out priced himself,” Scott said to Boxing Social.

“He wants to act like he wants this fight, but it’s just big name association. Fighters and their team, they hid behind the business aspect of boxing, and it’s the perfect time to hide behind business because everyone is in to instant gratification – and that is what Andy did.”

“It’s frustrating. And the more and more I talk about it, the more it gets frustrating.”

The 34-year-old Ruiz has boxed just twice since losing the WBA, WBO and IBF titles to Anthony Joshua 26-3 (23) in their rematch four years ago, scoring points wins over Chris Arreola 39-7-1 (34) and Luis Ortiz 33-3 (28) in May 2021 and September 2022 respectively.

Wilder, 37, has seen less than one round of action in the past two years, knocking out Robert Helenius 32-5 (21) in two minutes and 57 seconds in October last year.