Deontay Wilder believes that a fight with Andy Ruiz Jr. would be bigger than any clash with Anthony Joshua.
The 33-year-old has been tipped to fight the winner of the hotly-anticipated rematch between the pair, which will take place in Saudi Arabia on December 7.
Many fans have been eagerly anticipating a bout between Wilder and Joshua, but the American has other ideas.
The Bronze Bomber revealed that he wants to face Ruiz, and that it would be a bigger fight than a match-up with Joshua: “The Ruiz Jr fight is even huger.
“Whoever wins is going to be a big fight.
“But the biggest fight is me and Ruiz Jr because of his Hispanic background, and he’s American, so he has both sides.
“Becoming the first Mexican heavyweight champion is huge because they’ve never had that before. A lot of people who weren’t alert on him, they are now.
“It’s bigger than what Joshua could ever be.”
Now that the Mexican has slimmed down, Wilder believes Ruiz will go on and defend his WBA, IBF and WBO world heavyweight titles.
When asked if he is backing Ruiz to beat Joshua again for a second time, Wilder 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 one eye on Wilder and his prestigious WBC strap, and says that he plans to face the unbeaten American in order to pick up the last belt on his way to becoming undisputed heavyweight champion.
He said: “Of course, I’m just missing one belt.
“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.
“My eyes are on the prize with him, so after I win that fight, then I can fight Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury.”
Eddie Hearn has revealed that Joshua is sparring “chubby” opponents to try and replicate going up against Ruiz Jr once again.
He told Fino Boxing: “It’s madness. There’s eight weeks to go, and he’s been in camp for four weeks already.
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“A lot of early sparring now is replicating the style of Ruiz.
“Last time we had probably three weeks of sparring, and it was tough to find a guy like Ruiz, because there aren’t many like him.
“Small, a little bit chubby, fast hands, and really good on the inside. Now we’ve replicated that, I feel like the preparation is going to be great.”