Unbeaten heavyweight contender Hughie Fury got some bad news on Tuesday evening with his scheduled opponent Andy Ruiz Jr. (29-0, 19 KOs) pulling out of their October 29 card for the Wladimir Klitschko vs. Tyson Fury card at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England.
Ruiz is said to be uninjured, but want to go forward with the fight for some unknown reason. With just a month to go before the fight card, it’s still too early to tell if the 21-year-old Hughie remain on the Fury-Klitschko card. There’s probably still enough time for a replacement opponent to be selected for young Hughie (20-0, 10 KOs), but it might not be a good enough opponent for him to remain in the co-feature unless Fury and Klitschko management are good with a mismatch in the co-feature bout.
“He didn’t want to sign the contract, and unfortunately they [Ruiz and his father, Andy Ruiz Sr.] decided not to go through with the fight,” Top Rank vice president Carl Moretti said ESPN.com. “If I agreed with them, we’d both be wrong.”
It’s hard to know for sure why the heavily built Ruiz Jr. didn’t want to take the fight with the 6’6” Hughie Fury. One reason might be due to Ruiz having fought this month against Franklin Lawrence, who he beat by a 10 round unanimous decision. Jumping into the ring with just a month’s notice against a highly mobile fighter like Hughie Fury might not have been the most appealing thing for Ruiz Jr.
He’s more of a plodder with heavy hands than someone that can move around, cut off the ring, and force his opponents to fight. Hughie is a hit and run type of fighter, and he’s not easy to fight because he won’t stand still to fight his opponents. You can’t count on Hughie to be stationary for any amount of time. He prefers to move around in order to not get hit. Ruiz would have had problems tracking Hughie down in order to land his big shots, and it might have ended up as mismatch.
Hughie defeated Fred Kassi by a 7th round technical decision in his last fight. It was not a good performance from Hughie, as he really faded in the last two rounds and ended up suffering a bad cut over his left eye in the 6th when he slammed his head into Kassi. It looked like Hughie wanted out of the fight due to him being so tired and taking punishment from Kassi.