Andy Ruiz rules out giving up WBO world heavyweight belt for winner of Tyson Fury and Tom Schwarz

ANDY RUIZ JR has denied Tyson Fury’s claim he will be stripped of the WBO world title in order for the Gypsy King to fight Tom Schwarz for the vacant belt on Saturday.

Mexican-American Ruiz ripped the WBO strap, along with the WBA and IBF titles, away from Brit superstar Anthony Joshua in New York at the beginning of the month.

However, this week Fury claimed he had extraordinary “inside information” he would fight Schwarz for the WBO title on Saturday, with Ruiz being stripped over his rematch AJ.

These claims were quickly cancelled out by underdog hero Ruiz, though, explaining to Fino Boxing he is set to meet WBO president Francisco “Paco” Varcarcel regarding his next defence.

Ruiz said: “I’m actually going to Puerto Rico with Paco in July so we’re going to talk and all that. But, no, I don’t think that’s true.”

The WBO are the next of the four governing bodies to call a mandatory challenger, and they will discuss whether Ruiz is free to take up an immediate rematch with AJ.

Fury’s promoter Frank Warren has good relations with the WBO, while the 6ft 9in boxer has also won the governing bodies Intercontinental, International and European understudy belts before.

The Gypsy King was afforded the opportunity to challenge Wladimir Klitschko for the unified titles in 2015 after becoming WBO as well as WBA mandatory.

Despite his past history with the governing body his claims of fighting for a world title on such short notice now seem more than unlikely.

Champion Ruiz also met with WBC and WBA presidents Mauricio Sulaiman and Gilberto Jesus Mendoza this week in Mexico.

It is understood the two boxing chiefs discussed the possibility of working together in order to force through an undisputed title showdown between Deontay Wilder and Ruiz.

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