Andy Ruiz Jr is very keen to face Tyson Fury if the opportunity arises in 2022.
The Mexican-American gave Anthony Joshua the first loss of his career to win his three world heavyweight titles in 2019.
AJ returned and got his belts back in December 2019, and Ruiz has only fought once since then.
It was a victory over Chris Arreola in May, but he’s now in the frame to fight the WBC heavyweight champion.
Dillian Whyte is Fury’s mandatory challenger, but this fight is in doubt due to the huge demands reported by the Bodysnatcher.
Fury co-promoter Bob Arum claims Whyte wants £ 7.5million and called him “greedy”, before adding that the WBC have told them they can find another opponent.
Arum told iFL TV, “Frank Warren and I are looking for another opponent to do the Fury fight in Manchester or Las Vegas, depending on who the opponent is.
“So we are looking at Andy Ruiz as a possibility, he’s available.
“This big Finnish kid, who looked great on the semi-wind on the Fury map – Wilder, Helenius, big, big Finnish kid, who can really fight.
“These are the two main guys. Guess if it’s Helenius we do it in UK and if it was Ruiz we fight in Las Vegas.
And, unsurprisingly, Ruiz is very keen on getting his chance at the WBC belt as he posted a screenshot of some of those Arum quotes on Instagram.
He said, “Let’s go, I need this WBC.”