On my terms now!! Ruiz holds power baton after thrilling heavyweight upset in New York
Sunday 2nd June 2019
The talk over the past few months has been around when is "Joshua-Wilder," "Joshua-Fury," "Wilder-Fury II" going to take place?
Last night's thrilling heavyweight clash was nothing short of one of the biggest upsets in contemporary heavyweight history but to the ordinary casual fan on the street, what eclipses these major fights (Joshua-Fury-Wilder) is that 'it needed to happen now' rather than a matter of 'not if but when.'it would, and still may happen.
Instead, the ambitious Mexican, Ruiz, who came up short at a first attempt of world title glory back in December 2016, losing a split-decision to former WBO champion, Joseph Parker in his backyard, brought with him the heart, determination and Mexican contingency to carry him over the line, signifying an important, landmark day for his native country.
Although, an immediate rematch clause is in place with the British superstar Joshua, WBC king Deontay Wilder still holds the ever so precious remaining piece of the jigsaw for achieving full supremacy.
Ruiz's inside aggression and dazzling hand-speed troubled Joshua who felt uncomfortable against the shorter, stockier opponent, not so much a shock in the cases of Carlos Takam in October 2017 and Russian powerhouse Alexander Povetkin of late last year.
This psychosis of fights not happening quickly and slowly falling away from the grasp that supposedly hold the power batons, means fighters, their camps and the outside world are accustomed to the notion of public demand and with that 'impatience' without taking into consideration the opportunity for mandatory challengers who have worked their way through the rankings with the hope of cracking the big time or the WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO giving the rare exception for a unification.
The prime example of patience to re-enter the upper echelons of the heavyweight division is the first Mexican elite heavyweight champion, Andy Ruiz Jr, who put his name firmly in the history books with an emphatic 7th round stoppage of the champion AJ.
On many occasions like Charles Martin claiming to 'walk the earth like a God' then turning out to be AJ's most controlled performance in starting his route to the elite or Ruiz, 'the next mediocre, routine defence for AJ, only accredited by the inner periphery of boxing hardcores, the theme of dissatisfaction and distaste, for those going the extra mile behind-the-scenes to ink these fights, runs through all tiers of modern day boxing.
Ruiz, I'm sure will relish the opportunity to come to the U.K. to follow through with the rematch, depending on what his trainer Manny Robles, advisor Al Haymon/Sam Watson and the rest of the team have set out as the next best strategic and financial step to solidify Andy's top spot.
Further to this, while Joshua had proclaimed his dominance on the division, holding the multiplicity of alphabetical titles, the impact of one result, win or loss has instantly changed the dynamics of the heavyweight landscape and opened the gates for contenders, Tyson Fury, Dillian Whyte, Povetkin, Michael Hunter to take Ruiz's belts.
Having spent time around Joshua in the GB camps, the British talents; the likes of Dubois, Gorman and those a few steps further ahead in line for European honours, will take confidence from this to kickstart their road to getting a shot at the top prize.
As fans, we can't expect every opponent, venue, location, streaming service, subscription fee and so many other variables (intertwined) to be plain sailing but the pace at which the sport is accelerating makes up for the barriers stopping those marquee' fights from happening with the depth and detail to standard fight night cards.
With Joshua Buatsi continuing his impressive run of form, recording a fourth-round stoppage over Marco Antonio Periban, the Croydon star has not entered onto a different horizon, debuting in the US and started to become accustomed to the world-recognised talent he's shown to date.
Stepping up each time, still as a relative novice in the elite category, the performances thus far have been nothing short of spiteful and brutal.
Bronze medalist at Rio has become a distant memory, after racking up destructive KO displays against world level, legitimately ranked opposition.
The world is Joshua Buatsi's oyster and at a considerably different phase of his career, Ruiz believed he's just getting started and will want to turn that underdog status to undisputed heavyweight champion of the world real soon.
History tells us that big fights take time and fans patiently waiting for the respective teams and networks to get it over the line, but there is also a growing lack of appreciation for the contenders, like Ruiz who climbed the ranks, went through the process of stepping stone fights to catapult himself back to the top.