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Former unified heavyweight champ Andy Ruiz Jr has sent a clear-cut message to Tyson Fury that he is "here and ready" to fight.
The 30-year-old Mexican-American star hasn't fought since he lost the world championship titles back to Anthony Joshua in their rematch last December.
But Ruiz, who has had a heated rivalry with Fury in the past, has suggested he is ready to challenge the newly-crowned WBC champ should Deontay Wilder not take up his rematch.
The 'Destroyer' told PBC on Fox: "I think Tyson Fury did an awesome job. He did everything that he had and his ability, his long reach and all that and he's the man right now.
"I had flashbacks to my fight [with Joshua] on 1st June. It was kind of similar, it was in the same round as well so it was pretty crazy but good for Tyson Fury.
"I think Tyson Fury did what he had to do, he stuck to the game-plan. I'm pretty sure he could do it again and I could do it too so, if they pick me, I'm here and I'm ready."
Fury, 31, dominated and outclassed Wilder last Saturday in Las Vegas as he handed the KO artist his first professional loss.
And the 'Gypsy King' has been heavily linked with a mega-unification match with fellow Brit Joshua later this year.
However, Wilder has confirmed that he plans to trigger his rematch clause and set up a third fight with his fierce rival.
When Ruiz was asked what the "biggest attainable" fight would be for him now, he responded: "Everybody is talking about [Luis] Ortiz. Me and Ortiz would be a great fight.
"If not, I don't know if Tyson Fury is looking for somebody. I've just got to get a fight and then I want to fight again."
Joshua has said that he would welcome a third fight with Ruiz to complete their trilogy of fights.
And Ruiz admitted he is optimistic that he will cross paths with 'AJ' again, though he believes that a fight would take place until the end of 2020.
"There's something like that but, hopefully, we can negotiate and fight by the end of this year," he explained.
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