Talks are now underway for a potential Dillian Whyte vs Andy Ruiz Jr fight, according to Whyte’s promoter Eddie Hearn.
The Brits revealed last week that they’d made a “big, seven-figure offer” to Ruiz Jr, but were also in negotiations with Alexander Povetkin as a possible opponent.
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Many doubted anything would come of the offer and expected Povetkin to ultimately get the call, though Hearn has now given a promising update.
When asked if he’d had a reply from Ruiz Jr’s camp, Hearn said: “That the money wasn’t enough, so we improved and now we are talking.”
The Mexican-American has recently posted clips of himself back working out for the first time since his rematch defeat to Anthony Joshua on December 7.
Having beaten the Brit to become unified heavyweight world champion in June, Ruiz Jr then admitted he frittered his glory away by coming in at over 20 stone for the return bout.
As a result, he now needs to rebuild and could jump straight back into title contention with a win over Whyte.
The ‘Body Snatcher’ holds the WBC ‘interim’ belt and will be called as mandatory challenger to Deontay Wilder in February 2021.
Should Ruiz Jr beat Whyte, he would take his position and be in line to challenge Wilder instead.