Via Dan Ambrose: Luis Ortiz is furious after learning that Andy Ruiz Jr will be fighting little-known Tyson Spong on July 16 instead of him.
Triller Fight Club has revealed former IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Ruiz (33-2, 22 KOs) against Spong on July 16 on pay-per-view at Plaza de Toros, Mexico City, Mexico.
The press release states that 80,000 fans are expected to attend the Ruiz vs. Spong was in Mexico City that day, which is hard to believe as it was an adjustment or would be if Ruiz still faces intense opposition.
Ortiz believes Ruiz has lost his desire to fight against good opposition at this stage in his career, and he may be right.
In Ruiz’s final battle, he fought 40-year-old adventurer Chris Arreola last year in May 2021. With Ruiz currently facing Spong, it’s possible this is the kind of resistance he’s getting. plan to fight for the rest of his career.
High-ranked two-world heavyweight title challenger Ortiz (33-2, 28 KOs) says Ruiz made him believe he would be his next opponent, but now he’s discovered that he is against a boxer in Spong.
Unsurprisingly, WBC 7th place ‘King Kong’ Ortiz was upset about Ruiz choosing a weaker route against 36-year-old non-rival Spong (14-0, 13 KOs) on May 16th. 7 to come.
It is unclear how much Triller Fight Club paid Ruiz for this fight against Spong. Putting it on pay-per-view is a cruel joke as the numbers can end up being dire.
Spong has fought guys most boxing fans have never heard of, so it’s hard to see why Ruiz would fight him. If the idea is for Ruiz to get another adjustment, he should be fighting a bottom 15 edge contender instead of Spong.
“He’s a coward, a coward,” Luis Ortiz told Elnuevoherald about Andy Ruiz choosing to fight Spong over him.
“He could have chosen a real fighter, a famous opponent. He knew how badly I wanted to fight him, but he decided to take the easy route,” Ortiz said.
With Ruiz’s reported net worth of $10 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth, he probably doesn’t need to stand up to quality objections.
If the idea was for Ruiz to hold his record in front of a can of tomatoes long enough for one of the heavyweight champions to throw him a bone to win the title, then it made sense for him to fight. fighting the likes of Spong and Arreola. It’s sad, but it makes sense.
“In a period of time, Ruiz makes fans believe a fight with me is possible, but we’ve already seen the way out he went.
“I fear that this fight that the fans, and especially me, so desperately want will never happen,” Ortiz said. “I think he lost his hunger to really fightto have meaningful matches. ”