Deontay Wilder looked miserable in a recent photo of himself on Instagram on a plane.
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Deontay Wilder and Andy Ruiz Jr. have been in talks for a highly-anticipated boxing match, but so far, Wilder has not agreed to the deal despite the World Boxing Council sanctioning a final eliminator for Tyson Fury’s belt. Wilder had initially secured his place in a semi-final tournament with Premier Boxing Champions arranged by Al Haymon and Tom Brown, but had gotten sidetracked with various other endeavors, causing Ruiz to become disillusioned.
Ruiz eventually severed ties with promoter Tom Brown, negating the final fight of his contract with PBC. However, he left the door open for Wilder by stating his intention to still work with Haymon and remain part of the PBC Family.
Despite Wilder putting out a statement saying he was also a free agent, other promoters have shown interest in staging the Ruiz fight. However, Haymon has booked another date for May 20 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, offering a chance for the highly-anticipated Wilder vs Ruiz fight to be salvaged.
The two men must communicate over the next few days to avoid missing out on this opportunity. If the fight is not agreed upon in the next week or so, Ruiz will likely look to switch to another opponent, causing disappointment for boxing fans who have been eagerly awaiting this matchup.
“On behalf of myself and Team Ruiz, we would like to thank TGB Promotions and President Tom Brown for their great support,” said Ruiz.
“My contract with TBG Promotions has come to an end. I will now move forward as part of the PBC Family with Al Haymon as my advisor.
“I am excited to continue pursuing the biggest fights. I’ll be taking on the top fighters in my division. Thank you all for your continued support. I can’t wait to see what 2023 brings.”