Former unified heavyweight world champion Andy Ruiz Jr (33-2, 22KOs) could be making his comeback in May or June this year, reports suggest.
Sources say that the Mexican will be back in gym in February, looking for a fight date in May or June.
Currently, the 30-year-old is taking time out with family and avoiding the limelight.
It was the media attention and obligations that he blames for his defeat to Anthony Joshua on December 7, when he lost the four world titles he had won from him in one of the biggest shocks in heavyweight history on June 1. That night in Madison Square Garden, unheralded challenger Ruiz ripped the titles away from the unbeaten champion with a seventh round stoppage victory.
AJ, however, came back stronger and wiser to defeat a heavier Ruiz from their first fight to widely outpoint him on the scorecards with an intelligent and commanding performance.
The celebrity status that came with being the heavyweight champion of the world took its toll on Ruiz, who revelled in his new found fame and didn't spend enough time training.
He was slower, sluggish, threw far less punches and didn't have the stamina to keep up with or catch Joshua all the way through the fight. Their first fight was exhilarating, theire second meeting was a dour disappointment.
After the biggest year of his career, Ruiz will be keen to get back on top, especially with Joshua agreeing to complete the trilogy between them.
British promoter Eddie Hearn wants to match Ruiz with WBC No.1 Dillian Whyte (27-1).
Whyte has also lost to Joshua during his career and fought the same night as Ruiz and Joshua on the undercard, as he decisioned Mariusz Wach (35-6).