Anthony Joshua v Andy Ruiz Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

Anthony Joshua v Andy Ruiz Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

Boxing specialist Dan Frost (@DannyBoyFrost) previews Anthony Joshua v Andu Ruiz and provides us with his best bets for Saturday night’s Heavyweight clash at MSG in New York

Anthony Joshua v Andy Ruiz Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

  • Date: 01/06/19
  • Time: Joshua due in the ring for approximately 4am
  • Venue: Madison Square Garden, New York
  • Channel: Sky Sports Box Office, 10pm

Come Saturday night, undefeated Anthony Joshua, one of boxing's biggest current names – in not only the UK, but in world boxing, steps into the ring at the world-famous Madison Square Garden in New York City, where he will make his American debut, one that hopes to showcase him to the American market. On the line will be the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO Heavyweight titles.

Opposing him in the opposite corner will be Andy Ruiz Jr, a fighter of Mexican heritage from Imperial, California. Ruiz steps in as a late replacement for undefeated, Jarrell Miller – who subsequently tested positive for banned substances leading up to this fight with Joshua. In came Ruiz who jumped at the chance to challenge the unified champion.

So what of the change in opponent? General consensus is most – outside of the boxing fraternity, won’t off heard or seen much of Andy Ruiz Jr. in 33 pro fight, he has one solitary narrow defeat to former WBO champion, Joe Parker, a fight he came up just short in over in New Zealand in December 2016. A challenge some observers felt he’d just done enough to deserve the victory.

Looking at Ruiz as a challenger, psychically he doesn’t give the impression he’s a fighter that will come to the challenge in shape. What he does have in terms of attributes, is surprisingly fast hands for a fighter of his stature and a busy work ethic. A fighter many feel will seemingly take the most of his late huge opportunity for Joshua unified titles.

Joshua Record

  • 22 fights – 22 wins (21 KOs)
  • Last Fight: Alexander Povetkin, TKO7

Ruiz Record

  • 33 fights – 32 wins (21 KOs
  • Last Fight: Alexander Dimitrenko, RTD5

The Verdict

There’s no other way at looking at this, Ruiz is a heavy underdog in this fight. It’s not a case of how Joshua does it – but when! With the fact that the long-awaited undisputed fight with Deontay Wilder looming, Joshua and his team will be fully aware of the threat that Ruiz will bring and ultimately not overlook the Californian and ruin their long-term plans of securing that mouth-watering and lucrative Undisputed fight.

Ruiz will no doubt come out and impose his will in the fight early. As he did recently with his win over fringe title contender, Alexander Dimitrenko, and of course Joe Parker a few years back.

He could again prove a stubborn and durable challenge for the first half of the fight, but ultimately, a patient and improving Joshua could use his jab efficiently to slowly break down Ruiz and force a stoppage around rounds 5-6.

Anything can happen with heavyweight boxing, if Ruiz manages to pull off the huge upset, then that alone is worth a bet at 33/1 with bet365

Recommended Bets

  • Joshua by TKO 5-6 at 4/1 with (Sky Bet)
  • Ruiz by TKO at 33/1 with (bet365)