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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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“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

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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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