ANDY RUIZ JR has rejected the chance to face Derek Chisora in favour of a clash with Luis Ortiz, according to Eddie Hearn.
The former unified heavyweight champion returned to the ring last year for the first time since losing his Saudi showdown with Anthony Joshua.
Andy Ruiz Jr has only fought twice since dethroning Anthony Joshua nearly three years ago
The Destroyer is looking to get back into the ring soon
But according to Eddie Hearn, he’s snubbed the chance to take on Derek Chisora
Ruiz, 32, is champing at the bit to get back to it, an eagerness that prompted Matchroom Boxing chief Hearn to approach his management with the Chisora fight.
But according to Hearn, the offer of a dust-up with Del Boy has been snubbed.
Boxing journalist Michael Benson tweeted: “Told by Eddie Hearn that he expects Andy Ruiz Jr vs Luis Ortiz to happen next – this is the impression he’s received after talks with Luis DeCubas (who works with Al Haymon) in which he tried to make Ruiz Jr vs Derek Chisora.”
Hearn, 42, won’t give up his pursuit of the Ruiz-Chisora fight – despite the Mexican and his and his team seemingly not being on interested.
He told DAZN: “I made an offer last week to PBC.
“They wanted more money, which is what I expected. I’m gonna offer them more money.
“I think it’s a brilliant fight. I think it’s an all-action fight and we’re do what we can to bring Andy Ruiz to London for the Chisora fight.”
Ruiz Jr returned to the ring last May against battle-weathered heavyweight Chris Arreola.
The Destroyer showcased a drastically different physique for the bout, which he shed TWO STONE for after ballooning up in weight for his rematch with AJ.
Ruiz was dropped by the one-time world title challenger but rallied back to earn a unanimous decision victory.
Fan favourite Chisora, meanwhile, is currently on a two-fight skid following back-to-back defeats to former WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker.
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The 38-year-old took some serious punishment from Kiwi killer Parker but has ignored calls for him to retire.
The day after the fight, he tweeted: “F*** retirement. I’ll be back in the summer bitch.”
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