Andy Ruiz Jr vs. Charles Martin Possible For October 24 Boxing News
By Dan Ambrose: Former world heavyweight champions Andy Ruiz Jr and Charles Martin could meet in October in a fight that will put the winner in a strong position to fight for a world title in 2022.
Ruiz vs. Martin is a classic 50-50 fight, and it should be thrilling from start to finish. If Ruiz loses, he can say goodbye to any hopes of securing a trilogy match against heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua.
Basically, Ruiz’s career will be on the line. against Martin, which makes for a fun fight for fans. Will Martin dash Ruiz’s dreams of a third payday fight against Joshua?
ESPN KNOCKOUT reports that Ruiz Jr. vs. Martin’s fight could take place next, as long as negotiations run smoothly between the two former heavyweight world champions.
Former IBF heavyweight champion Charles Martin has done well recently, winning his last three fights since losing a controversial 10-round decision to Adam Kownacki in 2018.
In Martin’s last three fights, he has beaten Gerald Washington, Gregory Corbin and Daniel Martz.
Former 31-year-old IBF / WBA / WBO Champion Ruiz (34-2, 22 KOs) is working hard, training with coach Eddy Reynoso in San Diego, Calif., Making improvements and continuing to lose weight slowly.
Ruiz weighed 256 pounds for his last fight against 40-year-old three-time world heavyweight title challenger Chris Arreola on May 1, and he didn’t look well. Arreola dropped Ruiz hard in the second round and injured him several times in the fight.
There are concerns that the weight loss Ruiz has suffered since his affair with Canelo Alvarez’s coach Reynoso has not improved his game.
Indeed, if anything, the weight loss took a toll on Ruiz’s punch resistance and potency.
Ruiz showed no improvement
Against former Arreola, Ruiz didn’t look so explosive and he appeared to be weaker than he had been for his fights with Anthony Joshua. Other than that, Ruiz was as easy to hit as he was before replacing coach Manny Robles in favor of Reynoso. There is no sign of improvement in Ruiz’s play.
If the lack of power and the low resistance to the punches remain a constant for Ruiz, he will have to be wary of the 6’5 ″ Charles Martin because he has pop in his shots.
If Martin connects with the type of shots Arreola was hitting Ruiz with all night last May, he could take him out and ruin his dreams of a trilogy fight against Joshua.
This is the match Ruiz has repeatedly called since losing his rematch to Joshua in December 2019.
Ruiz Jr even went so far as to email Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn asking him to host the trilogy match. The problem is, Ruiz Jr didn’t stay active to be seen as a viable opponent for Joshua.
After Ruiz’s loss to AJ in December 2019, he stayed out of the ring for a year and a half [17 months], Do nothing.
As a result, Ruiz Jr was probably not taken seriously as a credible opponent when he approached Hearn, asking him to set up a third fight with Joshua.
The perception one would have is that Ruiz Jr. is just looking for another paycheck against Joshua, and he doesn’t have the ambition to work for it like the other heavyweights.
Andy should fight Ortiz, Whyte or Sanchez
Whether this is a sense of entitlement on Ruiz’s part or sheer laziness is unclear. It could be a mix of the two, with some fear of losing if Ruiz fights a quality heavyweight like Dillian Whyte, Luis Ortiz, Michael Hunter or Frank Sanchez.
Speaking of Ortiz, 42, this was the guy Ruiz was supposed to fight to win his trilogy match with Joshua. We don’t know what happened there.
Did Ruiz think about the idea of facing the double challenger for the world title Ortiz (32-2, 27 KOs). I mean, Ortiz might be in his late forties, but he’s highly skilled and he takes his training seriously.
You don’t see Ortiz sitting on the couch, blowing all the way down to 300. The talented Cuban stays in the gym, trains and prepares for fights.
Ortiz is the guy Ruiz should be fighting rather than Charles Martin. Still, you can safely say Andy’s management may be worried about his ability to beat quality heavyweights after the way he looked at Arreola.
If Ruiz Jr looks weak and is injured left and right by Arreola, 40, imagine what Luis Ortiz would do to him.
Martin trained by former Ruiz coach Robles
Charles Martin (28-2-1, 25 KOs) trains with Ruiz’s former coach Manny Robles in Los Angeles, Calif., Who Andy abandoned after his one-sided loss to Joshua in their rematch in December 2019.
Even though Ruiz Jr. admitted that he skipped workouts with Robles and didn’t do the hard work he needed to have a chance to beat Joshua, he still dumped his trainer in favor of Reynoso.
This decision looked bad on Ruiz’s part as it wasn’t Robles’ fault that he wasn’t taking his training as seriously as he should have.
If the Ruiz vs. Martin fight comes in October, it will be interesting to see the dynamic with Andy’s former coach Robles against him and his new coach Reynoso.
If Ruiz Jr loses to Martin, it’ll show that the grass isn’t always greener when you hook up with so-called great coaches. Reynoso is famous for being Canelo Alvarez’s trainer, but if you look at him he’s a more self-taught fighter.
Canelo learned by fighting a lot of different guys, watching great boxers, and adding parts of their game to his. It wasn’t Reynoso who did that.
It was Canelo who made himself the fighter he is today. That Ruiz thinks Reynoso will change him is a mistake on his part.
If Ruiz is to be a better fighter, he has to learn like Canelo by watching other great fighters and copying what they do and implementing what he has observed in his own game.
Reynoso won’t be able to do this with his workouts with mittens and using his Styrofoam pads to work with Ruiz.
Ruiz vs. Martin is possible for Fury vs. Wilder 3 map
There is a possibility that the Ruiz vs. Charles Martin fight will be added to the undercard of the heavyweight trilogy match between World Boxing Council champion Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder. Ruiz vs. Martin is a big enough fight to have its own date, but it’s not a pay-per-view fight.
Ruiz’s last game against Arreola was scandalously sold on Fox Sports PPV last May. No words to describe what a crazy idea it was.
If Ruiz-Martin ends up on FOX Sports regularly, it suggests that the PPV numbers for Ruiz’s last fight against Arreola were low enough that the network wanted to risk going in that direction a second time around.
Ruiz is not a PPV fighter; This is the problem. Unless Ruiz fights someone like Joshua, he’s not someone you want to play on PPV. If Ruiz was willing to take risks against the talented heavyweight contenders, then maybe a fight could be sold on PPV, but not against fellows like Arreola and Martin.