Eddie Hearn believes Andy Ruiz Jr. would defeat Deontay Wilder if the “Bronze Bomber” comes out on top in his fight with Robert Helenius this weekend.
Wilder and Helenius are meeting in New York on Saturday night, but Wilder, 36, has already mentioned he wants to fight Ruiz next if he succeeds against Helenius and doesn’t get a title fight against the current IBF, WBA and WBO World offered master Oleksander Usyk.
Hearn already has first-hand experience with 33-year-old Ruiz when the American knocked out Antony Joshua in their first fight in June 2018, and says he would give Ruiz the advantage if he ended up facing Wilder.
Speaking to the DAZN Boxing Show, Hearn said: “I saw Andy Ruiz call Tyson Fury. No one fights Andy Ruiz in a hurry. He’s a handful and we found that at Madison Square Garden and AJ dealt with him in Saudi Arabia. He’s a handful.
“I think Wilder-Ruiz is a great fight. We’ll see what happens in the Helenius fight but if Wilder wins that fight I’d love to see Andy Ruiz vs Deontay Wilder.
“I’m really into Andy Ruiz in this fight. He’s the smaller guy who swings those shots over the top when he can get inside against Wilder. Wilder can beat anyone on his day. He has great power.”
Hearn went on to learn that Wilder had done better against smaller fighters in the past, but remained adamant that it would be different if he got in the ring with Ruiz.
“You’re talking about him [Wilder] good against Spilka. I mean, Derek Chisora iced Spilka in three rounds. I’m amazed,” Hearn said.
“Made it easy? He [Wilder] lost each round to Luis Ortiz in the rematch. He was also nearly stopped in that fight [Wilder in his first fight with Ortiz]. He was outside.
“What I’m saying is Andy Ruiz is a big boy’s nightmare because his movements are so good and it’s difficult for little boys to get inside.
“He gets inside, and he’s not afraid to let her go when he gets there, and he’s not afraid to act. But Wilder has the power to take out anyone including Andy Ruiz but it’s a great fight.
Saturday’s meeting with Helenius at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn is Wilder’s first fight since losing to Tyson Fury over a year ago.
It was his second loss to the British boxer after spilling the decider tie at the first meeting of their trilogy in 2018.