ANDY RUIZ JR has welcomed the fight against Tyson Fury as he took to social media to demand a shot at the WBC heavyweight title.
The Gypsy King has been told he may quit fighting his obligatory challenger Dillian White with a body snatcher demanding £7.5 million for the blockbuster British bout.
White is locked in arbitration with the Mexico-based sanctions body over cuts to his potential mega-money purse.
With a hearing set for March, this leaves Fury potentially returning to a non-title fight.
Gypsy King’s US-based promoter Bob Arum recently revealed that former winners Ruiz Jr and Robert Helenius of Anthony Joshua are the two options for the unbeaten Mancunian.
He told IFL TV: “Frank Warren and I are looking for another opponent to fight Fury in Manchester or Las Vegas, depending on who the opponent is.
“So we’re looking at Andy Ruiz as a possibility, he’s available.
“This big Finnish kid, who looked great on the semi-wind up on Fury – Wilder Card, Hellenius, the big, big Finnish kid, who can really fight.
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“Those are the two leading guys. I think if it’s Hellenius we’d do it in the UK and if it was Ruiz, we’d do it in Las Vegas.”
And Ruiz Jr. immediately took to his Instagram story, where he said he was willing to put his wits against Fury inside the squared circle.
After a grab of Arum’s quotes, Destroyer, who had previously held WBA, WBO and IBF belts, said: “Come on, I need that WBC.”
Before urging Arum’s boxing promotional company to settle the fight, Ruiz Jr. shared a snap of him with Fury.
He said: “Top rank let’s go.”
After losing in his rematch against AJ in December 2019, the Mexican-American fought back just once – a one-point victory over Chris Areola in May in which he was knocked off the canvas.
Deontay Wilder has also been linked to a clash against Ruiz Jr. after WBC president Mauricio Suleiman discussed a possible dust-up.
He commented: “[That fight] It will be wonderful, and it is in line with the plans we have for Mexico City. [to secure big boxing events],
“We are looking forward to returning to a great event in our capital.
“There’s always been big fights [in Mexico City], but we have many years in Mexico City without a great event and yes indeed, Andy Ruiz, [a fight against Wilder] would be great.
“The Wilder-Ruiz fight is probably the most interesting non-title fight right now [at heavyweight],
“Wilder is an explosive boxer, Andy Ruiz is a Mexican fighter who has had a great upset in the history of heavyweight boxing and he has great traction with Mexican fans, I would love to see him here in Mexico.”