IBF World, WBA Super World, WBO and IBO world heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr, 34-1 (22), and WBC titlist Deontay Wilder, 42-0-1 (40), were pundits for the US TV broadcast of Manny Pacquaio’s split decision win over Keith Thurman on Saturday night. They posed for a photo together, which Ruiz captioned ‘Two champions holding all the belts in heavyweight boxing’, leading to speculation that the two Americans may freeze out Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury in order to unify the division.
Ruiz also used a response to his original Tweet to have a dig at Fury, who insists that he is the lineal champion and the man to beat. A fan called @tomabela11 pointed this out to Ruiz when asking if he wants to win Fury’s ‘invisible belt’, prompting Ruiz to Tweet ‘I can’t forget his imaginary belt’ alongside a face palm emoji.
Fury has been his usual baiting self when discussing his rivals recently, including casting aspersions over Ruiz’s weight, so you cannot begrudge the newly-minted title-holder for having a go back.