Andy Ruiz plans December return, wants Adam Kownacki, Charles Martin or Luis Ortiz

Andy Ruiz is eager to return to the heavyweight title race.

The former Imperial Valley, Calif., Heavyweight title holder recently recovered from knee surgery and said he expects to return to the ring in December.

“I feel good and blessed,” Ruiz told “I hope I should get [in the ring] in December.”

At the top of his list are a trio of the best heavyweights.

“There are a few opponents,” Ruiz said when asked who he wanted to face. “We’re looking at Adam Kownacki, he’s going to fight in October as well. There is Charles Martin, there is Luis Ortiz.

Brooklyn-based Kownacki (20-1.15 KOs) will face Finland’s Robert Helenius in a rematch on October 9 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Helenius stopped Kownacki in the fourth round of their first fight in 2020 in Brooklyn.

Ruiz hopes a fight or two with top heavyweights will put him in a position to fight for a world championship. Ruiz shocked the world in 2019 when he knocked out Unified Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua at Madison Square Garden. Joshua, however, regained his belts in the rematch six months later in Saudi Arabia.

“There are a lot of guys out there to take me up the rankings,” Ruiz continued. “Sure, I’m on the leaderboard, but I have to keep busy and stay active.”

Ruiz (34-2, 22 KOs), who is backed by early boxing champions Al Haymon, believes left-hander Martin (28-2-1, 25 KOs), a former teammate, would be ideal preparation for a confrontation against Cuban Luis Ortiz (32-2, 27 KO), who is also left-handed.

“[Martin is] a good friend of mine, but inside the ring it’s all business, ”Ruiz said. “I think fighting a southpaw would be perfect, a perfect style for me. Then I can move on to Luis Ortiz or someone like that.

Ruiz last fought in May, against fellow Mexican-American Chris Arreola, winning a unanimous decision.