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Andy Ruiz Jr. vs Anthony Joshua Betting Preview
Ruiz Jr is the underdog once again despite knocking Joshua out in their first boutAndy Ruiz Jr. (33-1, 22 KOs) is the reigning and defending WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight champion. The Mexican pulled off one of the biggest shocks in recent boxing history when he beat Anthony Joshua at Madison Square Garden. He was a 25/1 underdog but stopped Anthony Joshua in the seventh round after being knocked down in the 4th round. The "Destroyer" floored AJ four times causing the referee to wave off the fight and crown the first ever Mexican heavyweight champion.
Before the first fight, many considered Ruiz as nothing more than a simple replacement who didn’t stand much chance against the unified heavyweight champion. But the Mexican's resume is impressive. He had also taken Joseph Parker the distance when he challenged the New Zealander for the WBO heavyweight title back in December 2016, with a large portion of those who saw that fight feeling that he was robbed of a deserved victory.
Andy Ruiz's style is power. He certainly punches hard, what we have already seen in their first match. He has quick hands and quick feet so will be able to close the distance reasonably easily before getting his combinations away. The Mexican has also cut almost a stone in preparation for this fight, in order to be even faster than he was the first time around. That will surely see him move around the ring quicker, but will it help in sustaining the heavy punches that Joshua is bound to throw his way?
Joshua had no answer for Ruiz’s hand speed and combinations in the first boutAnthony Joshua (22-1) suffered a devasting defeat last time out against Andy Ruiz Jr. AJ did drop the Mexican on the night, but the result was not what the vast majority had expected. He recklessly went in for the kill and as the two men trader shots in rapid-fire fashion Ruiz Jr landed a left-hook that wobbled the champion and left him prone for a flurry of shots that sent the champion to the mat.
There will be a huge pressure on Joshua. Win and he will regain his spot at the top of boxing’s heavyweight division. Lose and that could be the end of his professional career as we know it. The former champ probably overlooked his opponent. He was set to fight Jarrell Miller before Miller tested positive three times for performance-enhancing supplements and was denied a license from the New York Athletic Commission. It’s no surprise therefore that Joshua has upped his training – particularly his sparring – as he gets ready for the rematch.
Joshua has an eight inch reach advantage and an educated jab. He will need to stay behind his jab to generate offense while keeping his opponent at bay. The Brit will likely be warey of Ruiz Jr’s power after the last time and although he will be a bit more cautious this time around. He knows he can hurt the champion after dropping Ruiz in the third round in New York, but improvements on his head movement and defence will be crucial.
25/1 Anthony Joshua to win the fight
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15/1 Ruiz Jr or 6/1 Joshua to win
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