"This is only the beginning, especially if you become a champion."
By Richard Damerell
Last update: 10/15/19 4:56 pm
Deontay Wilder believes that Andy Ruiz Jr. has a new devotion after defeating Anthony Joshua when the Mexican showed his slimmer figure for the rematch.
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Ruiz Jr. seems to have lost a lot of weight already. Nearly eight weeks before his heavyweight title fight against Joshua will be held on December 7 in Saudi Arabia. Live on Sky Sports Box Office.
The Californian was crowned the new world champion after stopping Joshua at Madison Square Garden in June and WBC reigning champion Wilder says Ruiz Jr. has the same winning mentality he assumed.
When asked if he supports Ruiz Jr. to win, Wilder said Sky sports: "That's me, Ruiz Jr. has the motivation and self-confidence he needs from the first fight.
"I do not think he's one to stop for a taste of success, this is only the beginning, especially if you become a champion.
"You have to stay hungry, my husband Marvin Hagler said you can not get up in the silk pajamas, but victory was a big boost and he has the Mexicans around."
Ruiz Jr. has admitted that he would welcome an undisputed world championship fight in the future, but Wilder must first defeat Luis Ortiz in a rematch on November 23, while a second fight with Tyson Fury was scheduled for February 22.
"Of course, I just lack a belt," said Ruiz Jr. "A belt to be the undisputed heavyweight champion in the world, and that's the goal, but I do not want to look past Anthony Joshua."
He added, "My eyes are on the price, and after winning this fight, I can fight Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury."
Wilder has welcomed the prospect of a fight against Ruiz Jr., insisting that this would be more important than a showdown with Joshua, the biggest British star.
"The fight against Ruiz Jr. is even worse," he said. "Whoever wins will be a great fight.
"But the biggest fight for me and Ruiz Jr. is because of his Hispanic background and he's American, so he has both sides.
"To become the first Mexican heavyweight champion is huge because they have never had it before, and many people who did not pay attention to it are now.
"It's bigger than what Joshua could ever be."