Ruiz knocked down Ortiz three times on the way to a victory by unanimous decision Sunday night.
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Ruiz floored the British superstar four times and stopped him when they first clashed in 2019, but AJ insists Wladimir Klitschko hit him harder when he was floored by the heavyweight legend in their 2017 battle.
Earlier this month Whyte was officially made mandatory challenger for Fury’ s WBC heavyweight championship.
Joshua was comfortably outboxed in front of over 63,000 fans at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium last month, losing his heavyweight titles to the unbeaten Usyk in his hometown.
Joshua will defend his WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO heavyweight titles against the undefeated Usyk on September 25.
Joshua was set to take on the Gypsy King in Saudi Arabia in August but the Gypsy King must now face Deontay Wilder after an arbitration hearing ruled he had a right to a third fight.
Ruiz had not fought since losing to Anthony Joshua in December of 2019. The Mexican-American returned after 17 months, and dropping 55 pounds, against unheralded American opponent Arreola, 40, and registered a hard-fought win. The judges’ scorecards read 117-110, 118-109 and 118-109.
Negotiations for one of “the biggest fights of all time”, Joshua and Fury’s undisputed heavyweight title clash, are ongoing with both sides optimistic of a resolution.
“The Bronze Bomber” has not fought since losing his WBC heavyweight title to Tyson Fury last February, but has dominated headlines in recent weeks with a series of bizarre statements – notably in an ongoing row with former trainer Mark Breland and excuses for his defeat to “The Gypsy King”.
The two titanic Brits are hoping to battle it out in the ring this year and unify the heavyweight division.
A shoulder injury denied Pulev the opportunity just 10 days out from their meeting in Cardiff in 2017, and he said he has spent the past three years plotting how to derail the heavyweight champion.
The British star beat the Ukrainian with an 11th round knockout at Wembley in 2017 – but admitted he could have been “xarried out on a stretcher”.
The touchpaper between the pair was lit again on Monday when the WBC belt holder responded to an interview Londoner Joshua did with the Mail on Sunday.
The 31-year-old is an Olympic gold medallist and 23-1 in his professional career, which has seen him claim all but one of the heavyweight world titles on offer.
Joshua lost his world titles in devastating fashion to Andy Ruiz Jr but regained his position months later.
After winning back his WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight titles in his last fight against Mexican Andy Ruiz Jr, all the talks was about him facing either Tyson Fury on Deontay Wilder next.
The Germany-based Syrian hopes to finally defend the WBA belt he won in November 2017 against Ruiz Jr, who is yet to name an opponent after Anthony Joshua ended his world title reign with a points defeat in their December rematch.
The former world heavyweight champion, who turned 54 last month, says he is currently working out at 15.7st (220lbs), less than Anthony Joshua weighed when he defeated Andy Ruiz Jr in December last year.
The unbeaten heavyweight had been scheduled to face Anthony Joshua last June, but he failed a series of VADA tests last year and as a result his place was taken by Andy Ruiz Jr.
Last year, Ruiz shared an invitation to enter qualifying for Mexico’s Olympic boxing team and admitted it would be a “great honour” to represent his country.