Andy Ruiz Jr says Tyson Fury’s next on his hit-list, after the British heavyweight took part in a public workout session wearing a Mexican headband and wrestling mask while promoting his weekend fight.
‘The Gypsy King’ was slammed by Ruiz, the first boxer of Mexican heritage to become a world heavyweight champion, for his mock representation of his home country.
The 30-year-old, who defends his WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO belts against Joshua in December, said: “Tyson Fury’s next. Tyson Fury’s talking s***, he’s representing Mexico - he’s not even Mexican, what kind of s*** is that?
“A British f******, he ain’t even Mexican, wearing the f****** Mexican flag, messed up man.
“Stay in your lane, represent your country, Tyson Fury represent your country, represent what you represent. He just needs to stay in his lane - represent where he’s from, shouldn’t be representing another country that he’s not even a little close of."
It’s not the first time Fury’s turned up pre-fight adorning wacky attire. In the build-up to his showdown with Wladimir Klitschko, the unbeaten heavyweight arrived to a press conference dressed as Batman, before rolling around on the floor with a man dressed as the Caped Crusader’s nemesis, The Joker - all while Klitschko looked on in stunned silence.
In his last outing, the Wythenshawe-born fighter paid homage to silver-screen boxing classic Rocky 4 by donning a Stars and Stripes top hat and costume as he made his way to the ring, all to the tune of James Brown’s ‘Living In America’ - a tribute to one of the film series’ most popular characters, Apollo Creed.
Fury fights again this weekend in Las Vegas when he takes on the unheralded Swedish heavyweight, Otto Wallin - ranked 4th in the world by the WBA and 12th by the IBF, drawing criticism from many, including Eddie Hearn.
Hearn told IFL TV: “Look at Fury’s fight this Saturday. No one even knows he’s fighting. ESPN and Bob Arum are having an absolute stinker because this fight is non-existent. Non-existent."
The Matchroom Sports boss added: “There will be no one in the arena, other than complimentary tickets.
"I mean, Fury’s a genius because he’s done this big deal where he’s just having all these easy fights.
“But his profile is going like that [downhill] because no one even knows he’s fighting. After beating Tom Schwarz last time out, Fury now fights Otto Wallin.”