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Malik Scott believes Andy Ruiz is likely to be Deontay Wilder's next opponent

Last year, the World Boxing Council announced a four-man elimination tournament to find a new mandatory challenger to WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury.

Former unified champion Andy Ruiz defeated Luis Ortiz in round twelve of the first stage. And Wilder, a former World Boxing Council champion, destroyed Robert Helenius in one round.

Ruiz and Wilder will now face off in a final world title eliminator according to Bronze Bomber's trainer.

He said "It's down to the mystery opponent and Andy Ruiz Jr. Since AJ had made up his mind and does not want to fight Deontay right now, we're down to Andy Ruiz and the mystery guy. The mystery fighter is not as guaranteed to happen as the Ruiz fight. If you're looking at it from the business perspective, it's most likely going to be the mandatory shot, Ruiz," Scott told Best Sports Betting Canada.

“It's looking like Ruiz, but in this game there's no telling as Deontay is big-time boxing. When you're bigtime boxing, and as sad or as unfortunate it may sound to some people, mandatories don't mean nothing. Fighters have stepped aside to make big, big fights happen.

“This goes on in boxing, it's what the fans want or what makes business sense for the fighters and their team. It's likely to be Ruiz but if not there are other negotiations going on as well.”

The next fight for Wilder is expected to take place in March or April.

"We could be going in March or early April but it really depends. The only thing I can say at the moment is Ruiz is mandated but Deontay is big-time boxing," Scott said.

“And when you have a big-time boxer like Deontay and a mandatory going on at the same time - and there's another bigger fighter - step a side happens some time, you never know. Business is willing to be made to make bigger fights happen."


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