Via Jim Calfa: Andy Ruiz Jr hopes to claim the world champion title when he faces Luis ‘King Kong’ Ortiz this summer on August 13 at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, California, USA.
It was great that Ruiz was finally fighting against the 43-year-old, two-time world heavyweight champion Ortiz, but it was unsettling that it took him over a year to go up against him.
Ruiz really wants a three-part bout with Anthony Joshua and needs to beat a highly ranked opponent like King Kong Ortiz last year to speed up his third bout against AJ.
For Ruiz, this is the second fighter in a row he has faced that is over 40 years old, and it makes one wonder if he lacks coincidence to fight the younger fighter.
Fighting only the older heavyweights is arguably the backdoor route to the world championship title, and Ruiz is better than this, or at least he should be.
There’s no word yet on whether Ruiz-Ortiz will be shown on pay-per-view, but provided Ruiz’s final fight against 40-year-old cruiser Chris Arreola is on PPV, It’s reasonable to assume that fans will need to pay to see this contest.
Until recently, Ruiz (34-2, 22 KOs) was scheduled to take on Tyrone Spong on Triller PPV on July 16; that contest won’t happen as Andy is said to have contracted to face two-time world champion Ortiz.
Rated 5 WBC, #5 WBO, #9 IBF, #11 WBA, 32-year-old Ruiz wants some cashback on 43-year-old ‘King Kong’ Ortiz (33-2, 28 KOs) after talented Cuban fighter jet Duel called him a “Coward” when he chooses to fight the little known Tyrone Spong.
Before Ruiz suddenly went into a fight with Spong, 36, Andy negotiated with Ortiz to fight.
Ruiz revealed this week that he will face Spong in December in Mexico City.
It’s no surprise that Ortiz is furious that he’s waited more than a year to fight Ruiz, who has rarely fought since losing the IBF, WBA, WBO heavyweight titles in a rematch against Anthony Joshua in September. December 2019.
Sadly, Ruiz has only fought once in the last 2.5 years since that bout with Joshua. Ruiz made a big production of changing coaches from Manny Robles to Eddy Reynoso but showed no motivation to rebuild by staying active.
“Andy Ruiz will return to the ring on August 13 in Los Angeles to face Cuban Luis Ortiz with dual goals in mind: To show that he is ready to return for a world championship, and silenced the man who dared to call him a coward,” reports Salvador Rodriguez at ESPN Deportes.
“My son will shut up whoever calls him a coward,” said Ruiz Sr. speak. “Andy is very motivated; he’s ready to show the world that he belongs to the heavyweight elite and that he is not afraid of anyone. “