DEONTAY WILDER and Andy Ruiz Jr are on the ‘road to redemption’ that could see them fight this year.
Wilder is still smarting after his sensational seventh-round KO loss to Tyson Fury in February last year.
Ruiz Jr flopped in his rematch against Anthony Joshua – only six months after shocking the world by stopping the Brit.
Here, SunSport compares the two deposed heavyweight champs ahead of a potential moutwatering clash.
Wilder is the older of the two, 35 with Ruiz Jr 31.
But such was his battering at the hands of Fury, Wilder may well look all those 35 years and more on his return.
There’s not much between the two in terms of experience.
Wilder turned pro in 2008 whereas Ruiz Jr joined the sport in 2009.
It is Wilder who has more fights – 44 to Ruiz Jr’s 35, but most have these have been a matter of minutes work.
But it is Ruiz Jr who has the better grounding, having almost three times as many amateur fights as Wilder.
Both have clear power in there fists – but there is only one winner on this one.
Wilder had knocked every single one of his opponents out before meeting Fury. His one points win before this, against Bermane Stiverne, was avenged when he KO’d his countryman in the rematch.
Ruiz Jr stunned Joshua with his power in July 2029 sending the Brit crashing to the canvas FOUR times.
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With the power on show, fight fans might not be expecting the fight to tick into the latter stages.
And both boxers will be hoping for similar.
Wilder looked leggy from the off in his battering by Fury, while Ruiz Jr has well-documented problems with his weight.
But the Mexican has undergone a body tranformation following his lame show against Joshua, and he might even have the better engine in this.
Wilder talks how he ‘will return to greatness’ but after some wild accusations after the Fury loss, it’s hard to take things seriously with him.
Undefeated for 12 years, and a five-year WBC title reign came crashing down in spectacular fashion in February 2020.
Ruiz Jr became the first-ever Mexican heavyweight champ when he dethroned Joshua in 2019.
But he admitted he let himself down with ‘six months of partying’ and was embarrassed in the rematch as AJ easily won back his belts.
The Destroyer owes it to himself as much as anyone else – and that fire might be buring that bit stronger than Wilder.