Andy Ruiz Jr. Luis Ortiz PPV fight floating idea
By Jim Calfa: Andy Ruiz Jr. today asked his fans on social media for their thoughts on his upcoming fight against Luis Ortiz on PPV. Ruiz (34-2, 22 KOs) is ready to return to the ring after being laid off almost a year since his fight against Chris Arreola in 2021, and he needs an opponent.
Reaction was mostly negative from fans about paying to watch Ruiz fight “King Kong” Ortiz on pay-per-view.
It’s not a fight worthy of a PPV in the eyes of the fans, as many of them lost faith in Ruiz after losing his IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight titles in his rematch with Anthony Joshua in December 2019, for lack of training hard.
Ruiz needs some good wins
Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn recently offered 38-year-old veteran heavyweight Derek Chisora to fight Ruiz Jr, but there’s been no interest.
Even though fans are pessimistic about paying to see Ruiz-Ortiz on the pay-per-view, Ruiz has to fight as he needs to pick up a few wins over notable contenders to put himself in line for a title.
If Ruiz can beat Ortiz and maybe defeat someone like Frank Sanchez or Joseph Parker, he can challenge for a world title in 2023 against whoever holds all four belts in point.
With the way things are going, it’s predictable that Tyson Fury will be the undisputed heavyweight champion in 2023. Ruiz could be in an enviable position to challenge him for his four belts if he makes the right decisions in 2022.
That means fighting Luis Ortiz next and then going after another top player like Parker, Charles Martin or Robert Helenius. These are all winnable fights for Ruiz if he is in top condition, like he was in his first fight with Joshua in June 2019.
Above all, Ruiz needs to face a real competitor for him to increase his chances of getting a trilogy match against Anthony Joshua or a world title. Andy doesn’t need another tune-up fight, so forget about fighting Chisora or another older heavyweight.
WBC No. 4 Ortiz (33-2, 28 KOs) would be perfect for Ruiz, given his high rankings and experience battling for world titles against former WBC champion Deontay Wilder.
Hearn had it over two years ago that Ruiz had to beat some notable names to be considered for a trilogy match with Joshua.
Unfortunately, instead of Ruiz listening to what Hearn said, he picked 40-year-old Chris Arreola last year over Luis Ortiz.
On top of that, Ruiz has made matters worse by sitting out of the ring for the past ten months, doing nothing since his unimpressive victory over Ortiz.
Yes, Ruiz has an excuse to be out of action due to his knee surgery, but he still could have fought before that against 42-year-old Ortiz instead of selecting Arreola.