Deontay Wilder’s coach has said that if they have to face Andy Ruiz Jr at the behest of the WBC, so be it.
Ever since Deontay Wilder knocked out Robert Helenius in one round, announcing his return to the heavyweight scene after a hiatus, his name has been mentioned alongside Andy Ruiz.
The two former champions have now been officially ordered by the WBC to fight in a final elimination bout to determine who is next in line to claim the title of Tyson Fury – the title previously held by Wilder.
ES . News catch up with ‘Copper Bomber’ coach and friend, Mailk Scott. Despite recent comments suggesting he might advise his boxer to redirect the Ruiz fight in favor of larger global starts, Scott seems willing to respect the WBC’s decision.
“It is exciting news. It’s no secret when I want [Oleksandr] Usyk or Anthony Joshua vs Deontay, this is a big moment in boxing, but if Andy Ruiz is the one we have to line up and eliminate then so be it.”
Scott then gave his assessment of Ruiz as a boxer, pointing to the Mexican’s speed – introduced the night he won the heavyweight belt in 2019 – as his most dangerous attribute.
“Andy has quick hands, he is explosive. Usually, when you describe a boxer and say he is short or he is shorter, that can be a disadvantage. But in Andy’s case, briefly he [knows] how to use his height to get under… I’ve started drawing it and we’re going to the lab, and we’re going to ‘put him in my ass. “
While Scott continued to praise Ruiz’s performance against Luis Ortiz recently, particularly praising his shooting ability, he seemed confident his man could end the potential fight in the distance – and why wouldn’t he? Wilder took down every man he faced besides Fury.
With everyone on board seemingly on board, negotiations will begin soon – and with Wilder and Ruiz both represented by PBC, the negotiations will be as simple as if they were involved in boxing.