By Dan Ambrose: Former two-time heavyweight world title challenger Luis ‘King Kong’ Ortiz will defeat Andy Ruiz Jr in a “devastating fashion in their WBC title eliminator on September 4th” predicts Deontay Wilder.
Deontay feels that the 43-year-old Ortiz’s age doesn’t sum up what he’s capable of doing inside the ring, especially against the short-legged former unified heavyweight champion Ruiz (34-2, 22 KOs).
The mobility that the bulky 240+ lb Anthony Joshua used to defeat Ruiz soundly three years ago in their rematch in December 2019 is within the capability of the talented Cuban ‘King Kong’ Ortiz (33-2, 28 KOs) as long as he’s in excellent shape.
Ruiz vs. Ortiz will be headlining next month on FOX Sports pay-per-view in a Premier Boxing Champions event at the Crypto Arena in Los Angeles, California. The winner of the fight will be the WBC mandatory challenger to retired champion Tyson Fury.
There’s talk of Wilder fighting the Ruiz-Ortiz winner next, provided that he wins his October 15th fight against Robert Helenius on FOX Sports PPV at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
“I do see Ortiz winning this fight in devastating fashion. A lot of people look at his age, but age only defines a person so far,” said Deontay Wilder to PBC Podcast in picking Luis Ortiz to defeat Andy Ruiz.
That would be a massive shock to the boxing world if Luis Ortiz were to knock out Andy Ruiz Jr on September 4th, as it would cement the fact that the Mexican American was a one-hit-wonder.
Ruiz had his 15 minutes of fame with his upset of Joshua in June 2019, but he’s done nothing since that fight, losing the rematch with AJ and then struggling to defeat 40-year-old faded veteran Chris Arreola in 2021.
While some boxing fans believe the millions that Ruiz got for his two fights against Joshua has killed his ambition to work hard, a better explanation is that he was never that good of a fighter in the first place. Before pulling off an upset against a careless Joshua in June 2019, Ruiz was just a ham-&-egger type of fighter.
“If he continues to do great things, we might see Ortiz vs. Wilder III. Let’s go, Luis,” said Wilder.
That would be interesting to see a Wilder vs. Ortiz III fight if things go well for the two fighters in their next bouts.