Andy Ruiz Jr. has named his top five current heavyweights in professional boxing.
The Mexican-American is currently gearing up for his first fight in over a year against Chris Arreola on May 1.
Since then, he has enlisted the services of Canelo Alvarez’s trainer, Eddy Reynoso, and certainly looks a menacing prospect for his opponent.
Prior to the fight, he spoke to Premier Boxing Champions on FOX and chose who he believes are the top five heavyweights in the world.
Does Ruiz Jr. have the same opinion?
5. Chris Arreola
Ruiz Jr. named his May 1 opponent on the list at number five.
Arreola last fought to a defeat against Adam Kownacki in 2019, and has challenged three times for the WBC heavyweight crown.
Ruiz Jr. said: “He’s a Mexican heavyweight fighter, just like me.
“He don’t give up. Me and him are bangers and we like to give the crowd what they want.”
4. Deontay Wilder
Next on Ruiz Jr.’s list was former WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder.
‘The Bronze Bomber’ defended his title on 11 occasions – including against Arreola – before losing to Tyson Fury in Las Vegas last February.
Prior to Fury, Wilder had knocked out every boxer he had ever fought against at professional level.
Ruiz Jr. explained: “He has a great right hand, he’s tall, he’s a dramatic knockout artist.”
3. Andy Ruiz Jr.
The 31-year-old slotted himself in at number three on his list.
Ruiz Jr. produced one of the biggest shocks in boxing history when he defeated Anthony Joshua to win the heavyweight title back in 2019, although would drop the title back to Joshua a few months later after losing their rematch.
He explained: “I know what I’m capable of and I know what I’m gonna do to become a second-time heavyweight champion of the world.”
2. Anthony Joshua
Ruiz Jr. opted to place his 2019 opponent in second on his list, with Joshua currently the reigning unified world heavyweight champion.
‘AJ’ is set to take on Tyson Fury this summer, but Ruiz Jr. believes there is “unfinished business” between himself and the champion, and wants the pair to face off again in the future.
He said: “Me and him have unfinished business that we need to handle.
“I won one, he won one, so we’re just waiting for the trilogy.”
1. Tyson Fury
Ruiz Jr. chose Tyson Fury as his number one heavyweight – just as Dillian Whyte did last month.
Fury defeated Wilder to become a two-time heavyweight champion last February, with a blockbuster fight against Joshua now on the horizon.
Ruiz Jr. said: “He’s a man of God and he’s a Christian like me. We don’t give up.”
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