The Return of 'Destroyer': Andy Ruiz Eyes Showdown with Daniel Dubois

"Destroyer" did not make any appearances in 2023, and due to inactivity he was removed from almost all relevant heavyweight rankings in early December

by Sededin Dedovic
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The Return of 'Destroyer': Andy Ruiz Eyes Showdown with Daniel Dubois
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Andy Ruiz, the once fearsome "Destroyer," faced a challenging 2023 marked by inactivity and falling down the heavyweight ladder. However, as the new year unfolds, Ruiz is gearing up for a significant return to the ring, and there is speculation about his potential opponent in the comeback match.

And the game has several names, and each one is worthy of attention. Shawn Porter, the former welterweight world champion (IBF, WBC), expressed his desire to see Ruiz return to action and proposed an intriguing matchup. "I want to see Ruiz back in the ring; I think his fight with Daniel Dubois would make a lot of sense," Porter told ProBox TV.

Dubois, who secured an impressive win over Jarrell Miller in December, is building momentum and regaining his credibility after a challenging bout against Oleksandr Usyk. The prospect of a fight between Ruiz and Dubois promises excitement for the boxing community.

Both fighters have an attractive style and are not afraid to take a hit which the viewers love the most.

Lack of luck and surgery

Ruiz's last fight dates from the beginning of September 2022, where he triumphed over Luis Ortiz by unanimous decision.

However, subsequent negotiations for an "ultimate eliminator" against Deontay Wilder, designated by the WBC to challenge Tyson Fury's belt, collapsed due to financial disagreements. Accusations and counter-accusations flew between the fighters, leaving Ruiz without a confirmed bout.

The young Mexican thus missed a great opportunity that, if he had used it, would certainly have been a turning point in his career. The former champion had shoulder surgery during this period, and it is expected that his recovery will be completed soon.

With just a few months until his return to the ring, fans are eager to see if Ruiz will actually face Daniel Dubois or if he will choose another formidable opponent for his long-awaited return. We can't wait for his next chapter in his interesting and rich career.

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