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Wilder vs Ruiz on the verge of falling apart as Wilder targets Joshua fight

Andy Ruiz Jr., the former unified world heavyweight champion, is growing impatient with the prospect of facing Deontay Wilder in 2023. Wilder vs. Ruiz Jr. is scheduled for a massive Las Vegas Pay Per View between March and May of this year, as 2023 begins.

Wilder, on the other hand, has yet to fully commit, despite Ruiz's promotion of other potential opponents.Wilder's co-manager Shelly Finkel exclusively told the media last month that Wilder is considering other high-profile fights.

“Deontay is willing to fight Anthony Joshua next,” Finkel stated in a world-exclusive interview. “We would take that fight in the UK or the Middle East, and we will do it next.

“We have the WBC eliminator with Ruiz, and we will do that, but we want the Joshua fight. Eddie Hearn said he contacted me in August, but we had the [Robert] Helenius fight.

“We announced it that month and said we won’t talk to anyone until after the Helenius fight. Eddie knew this but still said he had contacted us.

“Now we are willing to talk to make a deal for Joshua next.”

By October, Wilder vs. Ruiz should have been a foregone conclusion, with both going head-to-head in the ring and then foregoing all other challenges. Despite our understanding that the fight will take place next, this has yet to happen.

Ruiz needs the date and venue confirmed as Wilder attempts to deviate from their planned blockbuster.

Dates in late March, April, and Cinco de Mayo weekend are all possibilities as Las Vegas prepares for one of the year's biggest fights.

The next two weeks will reveal whether Ruiz and Wilder cross the finish line as expected.


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