Andy Ruiz Jr. is on his way back to become a two-time heavyweight champion.
Ruiz, 32, surprised 31-year-old Anthony Joshua in June 2019 to win his WBA, IBF and WBO belts, but lost in a rematch six months later.
He then hooked up with Canelo Alvarez’s respected trainer, Eddie Reynoso, and dramatically cut the weight.
He defeated 40-year-old Chris Arriola in his comeback fight in May and is looking to fight again by December.
Here, SunSport rounds out five potential opponents for the Mexican-American
This is unlikely, with the 33-year-old Fury, due to the victorious battle between Dillian White and Otto Wallin at the end of the month.
But if White is beaten and activates his right to an immediate rematch, it leaves the Gypsy King in need of another option.
And outside of Deontay Wilder – whom he beat for the second time in a row – Ruiz is the biggest name for him in America.
Ruiz recently said: “That’s the belt I’ve been waiting for, you know. I’ve got all the belts except WBC, so that’s exactly what I’m praying for.”
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If White, 32, defeats Wallin, 30, it would be mandatory for Fury’s WBC title, but would follow if he lost a rematch against Sweden.
But, if either option gets out of the way, Ruiz is the right choice for the British contender.
The pair were in talks to fight in 2019 but were unable to agree on terms and this kept the feud going.
A mix of White’s power and Ruiz’s pace results in an exciting matchup.
The 42-year-old Cuban has long been touted as a potential rival to former champion Ruiz.
Out of all the current contenders, Ortiz is the most accomplished and notable name.
He has only had two defeats against Wilder, and has previously held talks with Ruiz.
This would be the best option for Ruiz before the mega-fight or world title challenge.
The 35-year-old American won the IBF world title in 2015 but lost it after a tough performance against AJ.
He has since lost just once in his six appearances since his loss to Joshua and is enjoying a somewhat renaissance in his career.
Again this offers Ruiz a step forward in the competition before reclaiming the heavyweight title with the southeastern duo Martin and Ortiz.
They told fight propaganda: “Charles Martin, there’s Luis Ortiz. There’s a lot of guys out there for me. I just have to keep busy and stay active.”
Ruiz was targeting 32-year-old Pol Konaki, based in New York, for his return.
But the contender was losing to 37-year-old Robert Helenius, and the pair recently rematched on Fury and Wilder’s undercard.
Konaki is beaten again, which means that the fight with Ruiz is completely over.
But, if he’s passionate about rolling the dice, a win over Ruiz will put him back in the heavyweight picture.