Boxing chiefs are trashing out a deal to force Deontay Wilder and Andy Ruiz unification showdown


AN UNDISPUTED heavyweight title showdown between Deontay Wilder and Andy Ruiz Jr has been backed by WBC and WBA chiefs.

Ruiz claimed the WBA, IBF and WBO unified titles after a stunning win against Anthony Joshua this month which halted the Brit’s plans of meeting WBC king Wilder for all the marbles.

WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman wants his champion Deontay Wilder to face Andy Ruiz Jr
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Andy Ruiz Jr is the unified WBA, IBF and WBO world heavyweight champion
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The underdog hero is set to meet AJ in a lucrative second fight in the winter while Wilder announced plans to rematch both Luis Ortiz and Tyson Fury in the next 12 months.

However, WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman, a proud Mexican, is desperate for his country’s first heavyweight champion to compete for the gold and green belt.

Ruiz visited Mexican president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Tuesday – accompanied by WBA chief Gilberto Jesus Mendoza.

Sulaiman then met with WBA president Mendoza in Mexico where the two boxing bosses discussed sanctioning a Wilder and Ruiz unification bout.

Venezuelan Mendoza vowed to “do it together” alongside Sulaiman and have, for the first time, all four of the heavyweight world titles competed for.

Mendoza said: “Ruiz is the first Mexican heavyweight champion in history and a warrior from Mexico always needs to have the WBC belt.”

Don Gilberto Mendoza, late father of Gilberto, was famed for saying: “We are going to do it, we can do it. Let’s do it together” – and his son vows to work with the WBC with this attitude.

Former unified king Joshua and Wilder jostled in the negotiation room for almost two years as they failed to agree terms for the super-fight.

But now Brit superstar AJ has his sights set solely on a rematch with Snickers lover Ruiz – while Wilder looks set for a trilogy with Fury after he rematches Ortiz this year.

However, an undisputed title showdown would trump these plans with any mandatory challengers also set to be pushed aside.

Furthemore Ruiz and Wilder both share the same promotion company, PBC, which improves the chances of the two champions squaring off.

WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman, right, and WBA chief Gilberto Jesus Mendoza met in Mexico to discuss the Wilder vs Ruiz unification


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