Deontay Wilder has revealed that he is backing Andy Ruiz Jr to beat Anthony Joshua for a second time.
The Mexican is sporting a much trimmer figure just shy of eight weeks before he takes on Joshua for in a world heavyweight title fight in Saudi Arabia in December.
A much stockier Ruiz stopped a sluggish Joshua at Madison Square Garden in June and Wilder thinks he now has that winning mentality.
Asked whether he is backing the 30-year-old, the WBC title holder told Sky Sports: “I am. Ruiz Jr has all the motivation and confidence that he needs from the first fight.
“I don’t think he is one to dwell after obtaining a little taste of success. This is just the beginning, especially when you become a champion.
“You’ve got to stay hungry. My man Marvin Hagler said you can’t get out of bed in silk pyjamas, but with the win, it was a big boost, and he has the Mexican people around him.”
Ruiz has previously stated he would welcome an undisputed title fight against Wilder if he does see off Joshua for a second time.
Firstly though, he’d need to achieve that and hope that Wilder can overcome Luis Ortiz in his own rematch saga, before seeing the outcome of a February bout with Tyson Fury.
“Of course, I’m just missing one belt,” said Ruiz Jr. “One belt to be the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world and that’s the goal, but I don’t want to look past Anthony Joshua.”