Ruiz Sr. tells ESPN KnockOut that the decision to leave Premier Boxing Champions, which Julius Julianis disclosed last night, was mutual.
Ruiz (35-2, 22 KO), who has only competed twice since his catastrophic rematch with Anthony Joshua in 2019, is unsure of his future plans. Filip Hrgovic and an interim IBF title fight were set to take place, and the sanctioning body even agreed to bend its own regulations regarding purse bids for interim titles because of "mutual interest," but that proposal was subsequently withdrawn yesterday.
The other significant choice was a WBC final eliminator against Deontay Wilder, which was ordered by Mauricio Sulaiman shortly after Ruiz and Wilder's wins over Luis Ortiz and Robert Helenius, respectively. Although it's still conceivable, Julianis claims that PBC was attempting to put it together, raising questions about whether Ruiz is actually going after it.
Right now, all we can do is watch to see where Ruiz goes. Although 33 is not particularly ancient by heavyweight standards, he has displayed an odd lack of urgency to get back into the mix, and there hasn't been much to get excited about in terms of his career lately.