UK Heavyweight contender Dillian Whyte continues to be raging mad about fellow top heavyweights he feels are avoiding him. This time, the target of his rage is former world champ and one-time conqueror of Anthony Joshua, Andy Ruiz Jr.
“Andy Ruiz is a fat piece of s***,” Whyte recently told IFL.tv. “We made the guy 2 offers to fight…He’s trying to make it seem like I don’t want the fight.
“I told [promoter] Eddie [Hearn], ‘It’s a great fight. Let’s make the fight happen.’ He made him an offer of $2 million to fight me in the UK and $5 million to fight me in America, and then he turned it down and said he’s not ready in time.”
Ruiz last fought on December 7, losing all three of his title belts back to Joshua via wide unanimous decision. The Mexican-American fighter came into his Saudi Arabia-staged title fight woefully out of shape at 283 lbs. and clearly unable to give 100% of himself in the high-stakes return bout. Ruiz would also part ways with trainer Manny Robles after the tough loss.
From the Ruiz side of things, the thought may have been that a quick turnaround against a high-end opponent like Whyte would’ve been unwise at this stage of his career. Conditioning clearly needs to be worked on and he needs to get into full groove with whoever becomes his new trainer. A tough fight right now, even with the reported $5 million purse attached to it, would be ill-advised.
Whyte, who has been a WBC top contender for seemingly ages and has grown tired of an inability to get the big fights, is not hearing any of the Ruiz-sympathetic reasoning.
“Why not take $5 million to fight me if I’m garbage?” Whyte raged. “That’s why I say he’s a coward because he’s not a real Mexican. Real Mexican fighters fight anyone and all comers, you know? That’s what Mexican fighters are known for. They fight all comers, showing heart and taking fights, and Andy Ruiz is a coward.”
Ruiz has not pinned down a return fight date or a possible opponent for that return, but there are several opponents vying for that opportunity including Luis “King Kong” Ortiz, Charles Martin, and Dominic Breazeale.
Whyte, meanwhile, is currently scheduled to face former title challenger Alexander Povetkin on May 2, but that contest will surely be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
With the pandemic raging and Tyson Fury looking to put up his newly-won WBC strap against former champ Deontay Wilder in October now, bad luck continues to brew for Whyte. It looks like the man who has already had to wait a couple of years for a WBC title shot as mandatory challenger will have to just keep on waiting.
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