Former unified heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr floored Luis Ortiz three times en route to a unanimous decision victory in a nip and tuck affair early this morning – and then called out . With scorecards of 114-111, 114-111, and 113-112 in favour of the Mexican, the knockdowns made all the difference as he won his WBC eliminator bout.

After the fight, Ruiz Jr called out former WBC champion Wilder: “God willing he wins against Robert [Helenius] in October. Me and him are in the same organisation, I want to thank Al Haymon, he can make this fight happen and let’s do it, let’s get it on.”

According to reports, this fight is a top priority for PBC – the boxing promoter both men are signed with. Wilder was invited into the ring after the contest and consolidated with his former opponent, Ortiz.

“It was a great fight, it was a hell of a fight,” Wilder said. “This is what all the fans came to see. That right there deserves all the respect.

“I always have love for Ortiz because we shared the ring and what we’re doing for our daughters. I always have love for him. He came with a game plan and it seemed like he executed the game plan. Much love to him. We wish nothing best for him moving forward.”

He continued: “Deontay Wilder is back. We’re always looking for great exciting fights we love to give the fans. So if that’s what is lined up next [Ruiz Jr], I’ve got to handle business and after that, we can get it on.”

For Ruiz Jr, the victory over Ortiz puts a lot of doubts to bed. Talking about the fight, he continued: “Since the jump, I thought people were doubting me and thought I was going to get my ass knocked down and what not. I worked so hard for this fight because I know he’s a warrior and he hits hard.

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“I thought I did a beautiful job boxing and countering; I thought I showed some different class than I usually do instead of just pressuring him and going forward.

“It was difficult, man. But the ability that I have, me counter punching and waiting for him to load up and connecting and dropping him. It was a blessing, man and I just want to thank God so much.”

Before a fight is made, Wilder will have to dispatch of Robert Helenius on October 15 at the Barclays Center in New York. This fight – like Ruiz Jr’s – is a WBC eliminator with the likelihood being that Wilder will square off against the Destroyer in a final eliminator bout for ’s belt down the line.