IT’S a tough day to be Franklin “Yah-Yah” Lawrence (21-2-2, 16 KOs). The forty-year-old heavyweight from Indianapolis, Indiana, is scheduled to face Andy Ruiz (28-0, 19 KOs) on September 10th as part of a Top Rank card in central California. You wouldn’t know it from reading Frank Warren’s Saturday column in the Daily Star, however. In it, the promoter announces that the same Ruiz will be fighting Hughie Fury (20-0, 10 KOs) on the Fury-Klitschko II undercard, if the long-anticipated rematch ever comes to fruition.
“The cousin of WBO and WBA heavyweight king Tyson Fury is set for a huge step up in class on October 29,” said Warren. “Fury, 21, will take on unbeaten Andy Ruiz on the undercard of his cousin’s long-awaited rematch with Wladimir Klitschko. And the winner will be mandatory challenger for whoever is the victor in the main event in Manchester as the bout is a WBO final eliminator.”
In Warren’s defense, the hard-hitting Ruiz is expected to walk right over Lawrence next Saturday night but in a summer in which we’ve seen cab drivers defeat former world champions, it may have been wise to wait until next weekend to announce the fight. Unless, of course, Warren and Top Rank plan on throwing the Mexican-American in the ring with young Fury regardless of the outcome.