Andy Ruiz eyes Martin, Ortiz or Kownacki for December return after knee surgery

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Former unified heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr. has revealed that his team is looking at three potential opponents for their next outing.

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The Destroyer was last in action in May against veteran heavyweight Chris Areola and worked his way up to a unanimous decision victory over the 40-year-old.

Andy Ruiz Jr. is planning to return to the ring in Decembercredit: Reuters
Adam Konecki is in the running for The Destroyer's second contestant of the year

Adam Konecki is in the running for The Destroyer’s second contestant of the yearcredit: getty
Former IBF Heavyweight Champion Charles Martin is also in the mix

Former IBF Heavyweight Champion Charles Martin is also in the mixcredit: REX

Mexico’s first heavyweight champion is eager to return to the ring and is currently clashing with Adam Konecki, Luis Ortiz and former IBF titleholder Charles Martin.


They told fight propaganda: “We’re looking at Adam Konaki, he’s going to fight in October.

“There’s Charles Martin, Luis Ortiz. There’s a lot of guys out there for me. I just have to keep busy and be active.”

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Ruiz’s return is likely scheduled for December, though this is contingent on the landing of an opponent.

The 32-year-old recently had surgery on his troubled right knee, but he is on his way to recovery.

He said: “I had just had surgery, my meniscus was torn. I had to get it operated three years ago, but I was scared.


“They were giving me medicine for this but the doctor told me it was better for me to have an operation.

“I feel good, I feel blessed and hope to be back there in December.”

Ruiz will be hoping for a far better performance later this year than in his comeback fight against Arriola, which forced him to take a second-round knee.

After his hard-fought win, he said: “Chris is a veteran and a tough punter. We did what we had to do tonight.

“We got the win we wanted. I was at my lowest point and now I have to climb the ladder again. I’m grateful for the win and I’m ready to move on to the next.”

Andy Ruiz Jr. is sporting a much trimmer physique now

Andy Ruiz Jr. is sporting a much trimmer physique nowcredit: REX

“He got me in the second round with a nice clean right hand. I was overconfident and dropped my hand a bit. Hats off to him.

“We just kept pushing and pushing. I switched and started focusing on counter-punching and working the body.

“I got a little rusty and I know the other fighters can relate to him. If he wants to drive it back, we’ll drive it back with him.”

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