But with less than a month to the much-anticipated rematch, 32-year-old American boxer said he is rooting for Ruiz to ”finish the job,” Daily Star reports.
His declaration of support for the Mexican champ came days after he vowed to break Floyd Mayweather’s enviable record for the longest active unbeaten streak in boxing history.
“Of course, we’re [Ruiz] with the same stable. I’m rooting for him to do, and what he set out to do the first time,” WBC heavyweight champion said.
“This is just something that he’s coming back to finish the job. For me that’s what I see.
“He’s got all the momentum going for him. It’s the way he beat Joshua. People don’t understand. It’s not only that Ruiz is a good fighter, but it was the way he beat Joshua. That’s what makes me go for him.”
Wilder also talked about a possible bout with the winner of the fight, saying boxing fans are desperately waiting to see all the belts unified.
“With Joshua, we tried many times to get that fight unfold and make a dream fight happen, you know for the fans to unify the division,”Wilder said.
To have one champion, one face, one name. As you can see that was a long process, a process where we had different markers being stretched,” the 32-year-old submitted.
Meanwhile, Andy Ruiz Jr believes Anthony Joshua is worried and desperate to win the rematch ahead of his much-anticipated bout with the Nigeria-British born fighter in December.
The 30-year-old allayed fear and tension on his camp, positing it was Joshua who is desperate to win his belts back ahead of December fight.