Ex-world heavyweight champion Ruiz Jr eager to meet Dillian Whyte in next fight

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Former unified heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr says he could face Dillian Whyte in his next bout after returning to the ring last month.

Ruiz spent 18 months away from boxing following his rematch defeat against Anthony Joshua in December 2019, admitting he battled depression after losing a unanimous points decision out in Saudi Arabia.

The Mexican-American made his long-awaited return on May 1, when he claimed his own points victory over Chris Arreola at Los Angeles' Dignity Health Sports Park.

Now he is gunning for some of the biggest names in the heavyweight division once more, including British star Whyte.

"There is a lot of different options out there," Ruiz told former undisputed heavyweight champion Mike Tyson on his Hot Boxin' podcast.

"We have Luis Ortiz who keeps calling me out at the moment. We also have Whyte from the UK who I could fight.

"I have to just stay in shape now and focus and be waiting for the next challenge."

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Ruiz and Whyte have traded various unpleasantries in recent years, with the latter recently branding his rival a "waste man" following his win over Arreola.

“Andy ‘Destroyer’, you are a waste man," Whyte, who knocked out Alexander Povetkin back in March, said on social media.

"You couldn’t stop Chris. Chris is light work now. S****t.”

While Whyte wasn't impressed with his display, Ruiz admitted after the victory that he felt the ring rust 18 months of inactivity provided.

"After the long lay off against Anthony Joshua, I really felt it personally," he said.

"I felt the rustiness in the ring and that my speed had dropped, and it was so much different compared to sparring back in the real fight once again.

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"In the end I was just grateful to get in the rounds and got the job done, that was the most important thing."

Ruiz is also desperate to tempt Joshua into the ring for a third fight in the future, saying: "I am pretty sure they will give me the third fight, unless they are scared.”

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