George Groves predicts Tyson Fury will fight for title vacated by Andy Ruiz Jr next


TYSON FURY has been tipped to challenge for one of Andy Ruiz Jr’s titles by George Groves, who predicts the champion will be stripped of a belt.

Groves worked as a pundit for BT Sport as Fury demolished a vastly undermatched Tom Schwarz on his Las Vegas debut.

Tyson Fury has been tipped to challenge for one of Andy Ruiz Jr’s titles by George Groves, who predicts the champion will be stripped of a belt
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Ruiz was a 25-1 outsider before he scored the stunning win in New York

Fury was warned not to take the fight lightly, having seen Anthony Joshua stunned by Ruiz a fortnight earlier as the 25-1 outsider claimed the unified titles.

Former super-middleweight king Groves took to Twitter to predict Ruiz, who is set to meet AJ in a lucrative rematch, will be stripped of one of his titles with Fury competing for that belt.

Groves said: “Ok I have to admit it. I’ve never been so tired in all my life.

“Well done Fury. Next I reckon he’ll be scrapping for a vacant that Ruiz has had to surrender. Don’t know which one yet though?”

Fury claimed he had extraordinary “inside information” his fight with Schwarz was going to have the WBO belt on the line – though this suggestion was refuted by the organization’s president.

The WBO are next to call a mandatory and will meet with Ruiz in Puerto Rico next month to discuss whether he will be free to keep his belt heading into the Joshua rematch.

However, if they decide to call a mandatory challenger, and Ruiz opts for the AJ fight, then Fury, ranked No2 in the WBO rankings, or Whyte, No1 challenger, could become mandatory.

Similarly the IBF are also due to call a mandatory and have Kubrat Pulev as their No1 ranked challenger, however, he is suspended after being caught up in a sexual harassment case.

Fury’s promoters Frank Warren and Bob Arum would be forced to buy their way into a situation where the Brit challenges for a vacant IBF title – though they are not cash-strapped.

WBC champion Deontay Wilder, who was fortunate to walk away with his title after drawing with Fury in December, is set to rematch the Manchester hero next year.

Wilder first has to defend his title against Cuban veteran Luis Ortiz, while Fury plans to box twice more before the year is out in order to enhance his profile Stateside.

After beating Schwarz, the Gypsy King informed his new US fan base he will return for another tune up fight in New York by the end of summer.

Fury said: “I came here to have fun, enjoy it, put on a show for Las Vegas. I hope that everyone enjoyed it as much as I did.

“We’re going to have another fight in New York and then we’re going to hunt down Deontay Wilder!”

Schwarz was left with a busted nose after Fury landed the southpaw uppercut on several occasions
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After eating a succession of uppercuts Schwarz was backed into the ropes and dropped with reverse one-two
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The Gypsy King will return to the US for a fight in New York in late summer time
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