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Andy Ruiz Jr eyeing up Tyson Fury fight as he reveals plans for January ring return

Manchester Evening News logo Manchester Evening News 02/11/2021 James Findlater

Andy Ruiz Jr has set his sights on Tyson Fury and the rest of the world’s top heavyweights as he looks towards a return to the ring.

The Mexican is weighing up his options for a January fight, with his original target of Adam Kownacki now looking unlikely after back-to-back defeats for the Polish fighter.

Ruiz though has insisted he has plenty of options for his next bout, and is eyeing up some of the biggest names in the heavyweight division.

The 32-year-old name-checked Fury, Deontay Wilder, Oleksandr Usyk and Dillian Whyte when speaking about his options on the Last Stand Podcast, as well as suggesting a trilogy fight with Anthony Joshua.

"We're still looking but the door is open and there's so many opportunities right now," Ruiz said.

And following on from Fury's knockout of Wilder in Las Vegas, Ruiz is backing himself to come out on top against the Bronze Bomber.

On the possibility of fighting Wilder, Ruiz said: "Yes I do, and I think that would be an amazing fight, me against Deontay Wilder.

"We're both part of the same team, and it's just business.

"I wouldn't mind getting in the ring with him, I'm sure I could beat him."

Ruiz is unlikely to land a major heavyweight bout anytime soon, with the WBC set to order Fury to take on the mandatory challenge of Whyte, while Joshua and Usyk will face off in a rematch in the spring.

And having laboured to victory against Chris Arreola in May in his first fight since his defeat to Joshua at the end of 2019, Ruiz may well have to take on other opponents before getting another shot at a potential title fight.

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