Mexican-American heavyweight contender Andy Ruiz Jr (25-0, 17ko) claims he has bounced back after a 9 month lay-off due to injury, and that his forgettable 8 round comeback win at the weekend over journeyman, Joell Godfrey, was merely a springboard on to bigger and better things now the cogs have been oiled again.
The unbeaten 26 year old is straight back out again on October 24th, when he takes on recent Anthony Joshua foe, Raphael Zumbano Love, and is also insistent that some of the weight and fitness issues that have dogged him will be a thing of the past if he keeps the momentum going.
“I stuck to the body, the game plan, I couldn’t help it that the guy didn’t wanna fight but it was a good workout,” he said to fighthype.com about last weekend’s fight.
“Now I wanna stay busy, my weights gonna keep going down. I fight October 24th on HBO in Nebraska, so you know I’m staying busy and there’s a new Andy coming soon! My job is to get ready, keep my weight down and throw these explosive punches.
Ruiz claims that he will be a force in the heavyweight division once his weight settles, and claims he sees himself as better than some of the other American talent in the division such as the likes of Dominic Breazeale and Charles Martin already. He is already the #1 ranked fighter in his country of birth and believes it won’t be too long until he is knocking on the door of WBC champion Deontay Wilder and WBO mandatory, Tyson Fury.
“The only one [heavyweight] I give respect to is Klitschko because he’s had the belts for so long. My goal is to fight Wilder, I’m not scared of Wilder. Me at 100%, at 235lbs in good shape, I’m sure that I’ll kick his ass.”
“I also called out Tyson Fury a bunch of times but he didn’t acknowledge me or get back to me or say any comments about me but I’d love to fight him too, you know? The more I get in shape, I’ll be ready for those big guys,” he added.