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Andy Ruiz Jr. withdraws from bout with Hughie Fury

Ruiz won a decision over Franklin Lawrence earlier this month.

Patrick Stumberg is a freelance writer for SB Nation, first joining the network in 2011 before linking up with Bad Left Hook in 2015.

The co-feature for next month’s rematch between Tyson Fury and Wladimir Klitschko is now kaput, as unbeaten Andy Ruiz Jr. has elected not to sign onto his previously-agreed showdown with Hughie Fury.

Ruiz (29-0, 19 KO), who handily beat Franklin Lawrence two weeks ago, came out of that fight totally uninjured and offered no reason for his withdrawal.

It’s a bizarre decision, frankly. A win over Fury (20-0, 10 KO), who is not a big puncher and who is untested himself, would have made Ruiz the mandatory challenger for the main event winner’s WBO belt. Even a loss would have upped his profile, as Fury’s a respectable prospect with more name value than any of "The Destroyer’s" previous foes.

Considering Ruiz’s career has been going nowhere, I fail to see the logic here.

At least according to BoxRec, the only other completed fight left on the Fury-Klitschko 2 undercard is Ovill McKenzie defending his British title against Craig Kennedy. Considering McKenzie’s recent illness, which scrapped a fight with Marco Huck, that one’s probably dead in the water as well.


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