Tyson Fury’s latest provocative pre-fight stunt has incensed Andy Ruiz Jr, who has now resolved to take on the Gypsy King at the next opportunity.
When Ruiz Jr beat Anthony Joshua back in June, he became the first world heavyweight champion to hail from Mexico. He will defend his titles against AJ in December.
Ruiz Jr is known to be proud of his Mexican heritage, and unsurprisingly, he has not taken kindly to Fury’s controversial attempts to represent his country during his open workout in Las Vegas on Tuesday night.
With Latin music blaring from the loudspeakers, the Manchester-born fighter chose to wear a Mexican headband and wrestling mask, and paraded a Mexican flag as he prepared for his upcoming fight with Swedish heavyweight Otto Wallin.
Interpreting this as a public attempt to mock Mexican culture, Ruiz Jr 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."
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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, he shouldn’t be representing another country that he’s not even a little close to."
Tyson Fury tells a different story, however.
As per the Daily Express, he claimed: "I wore a traditional Mexican mask because it’s Mexican Independence Day Weekend and the Gypsy King is here in Las Vegas to put on a show for all the Mexican fans. Viva Mexico!"
Reading between the lines, this stunt might well have been nothing more than another attempt to build up some more publicity and interest in his upcoming clash with Wallin – a relatively unknown fighter.
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