Andy Ruiz claims he turned down an offer from WWE after winning world heavyweight title

Andy Ruiz Jr

In just nine days time, Tyson Fury will make his wrestling debut in Saudi Arabia.

That's not a sentence that anyone would have been expected to write this year, but The Gypsy King is making his first foray into the world of sports entertainment.

Despite being a long way down the road to facing Deontay Wilder once again inside a boxing ring, Fury couldn't pass up the chance to work with WWE any longer.

It should do his profile in America the world of good, and British publications have been all over his unexpected move as well, which means so far, so good for the lineal heavyweight champion of the world.

Tyson Fury is not the only boxer that WWE have tried to recruit

Things could have been very different though if WWE managed to get their hands on another champion boxer that they apparently tried to recruit.

Andy Ruiz Jr shocked the world when he beat the undefeated Anthony Joshua at Madison Square Garden back in June, winning four heavyweight titles in the process.

The two will face-off again in Saudi Arabia in December, just over a month after Fury goes there with WWE, and naturally Ruiz was asked about him recently, with Fury being one of the potential contenders going forward should he retain the gold against AJ.

"They [WWE] invited me to go a while back when I won the title - they invited be to go over there and check it out," Ruiz told the Daily Mail.

"But you know what, boxing is my life so this is the only thing I know how to do besides being with my family.

Andy Ruiz defeated Anthony Joshua back in June for the heavyweight title of the world

"I'm going to stick to boxing and accomplish more and maybe down the line we'll look for something else to do."

It's unclear whether or not WWE contacted Ruiz to just make an appearance or they tried to get him to compete, but considering what they've done with Fury, it's more likely that they went down the latter approach.

Whilst the Brit is a natural fit in WWE due to his athleticism and his natural charisma, Ruiz may not have been an ideal choice for an athlete to turn to wrestling, but he hasn't ruled it out full stop.

We know WWE love to get other combat sport stars in through the door as proven in the past - Mike Tyson, Floyd Mayweather, Ronda Rousey to name a few - and Ruiz may be next if WWE are persistent enough.

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