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Whyte needed one more victory to become mandatory challenger for the WBC title on Saturday night, having been ranked No.1 by the sanctioning body for over 1,000 days.
But standing in his way of a world-title shot against Tyson Fury or Deontay Wilder was hard-hitting Russian Povetkin, who came into the bout a slight underdog having only claimed one win over the last two years.
Many felt the bout could prove a potential banana skin for Whyte – and in the end those fears were justified.
After being floored twice in the fourth round, Povetkin unleashed a sensational left uppercut at the start of the fifth to knock the Brixton man out cold.
It was a remarkable upset at Matchroom’s Fight Camp, leaving promoter Eddie Hearn feeling like he was “in a dream”.
However, Ruiz was over the moon to see Whyte get “knocked the f*** out”.
In a video that has circulated on social media, the Mexican says: “I was so happy that Whyte f****** got his ass knocked the f*** out.
“You know why? Because he doesn’t have respect for the fighters, that’s what gets me p***** off.”
Ruiz also poked fun at Whyte in the wake of his defeat on Saturday by posting a laughing emoji on Twitter.
The pair were previously in talks over a potential deal to fight this summer, only for negotiations to fall through amid the coronavirus pandemic.
They have exchanged a fair amount of unpleasantries on social media in the past, with Whyte telling Ruiz on Twitter back in June: ““Go eat cakes man. When we made u offers to fight you weren’t serious.
“Now you spend half your money on sweets. You are looking for a payout. See you later fat guy.”
Ruiz later expressed his desire to lock horns with the Body Snatcher, telling eSNEWS: “I’d like to fight Dillian Whyte, and I’d like to shut him up. That would be an amazing fight in the United States or over there.”