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Anthony Joshua Vs Andy Ruiz II Boxing Betting Tips & Preview

Written: 6th December 2019

When Andy Ruiz JR stepped forward to replace Jarrell Miller as Anthony Joshua’s opponent, the entire world underestimated the Mexican, branded an “Overweight scrub” and “the easiest fight of Joshua’s life” by some fans online. Some places were even pricing Anthony Joshua at 1/50 to win the fight. We hope no one put a large sum of money on that bet! The only defeat Ruiz has had to date was a controversial defeat to Joseph Parker where Parker won by decision despite Ruiz having control for a fair bit of the fight. Can Anthony Joshua become the second man to knock the Mexican off his perch?

Fight Details

Date: Saturday 7th December

Venue: Diriyah Arena, Diriyah, Saudi Arabia

Main Event: Andy Ruiz Jr © (32-1) Vs Anthony Joshua (22-1)

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Eric Molina to win - 15/2

Filip Hrgovic to win - 1/25

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Alexander Povetkin to win - 27/20 Michael Hunter to win - 10/19

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Dillian Whyte to win - 1/50

Mariusz Wach to win - 17/2

Andy Ruiz Jr Vs Anthony Joshua

Here’s the thing, our boxing expert knew exactly how capable Andy Ruiz Jr was going into the Anthony Joshua fight and not even he thought the Mexican would knock off the Brit. He thought the Ruiz would come in swinging and damage the Brit but Joshua would ultimately land the winning blow late in the fight once the guard of Ruiz dropped. One thing people don’t realise is how good the chin of Ruiz is. He’s been knocked down by AJ and Joseph Parker but neither athlete could finish him off. Miller, Ortiz and Ruiz all have one thing In common - above average punching power. This indicates that the Joshua camp might have had the ideology of trying to prepare him for the Wilder fight. However, the plan went down quicker than a keg at Oktoberfest and now, this fight is the most unpredictable of the night.

Three Questions To Ask Before You Bet

What impact has the fight had on AJ?

In all of his 22 wins prior to facing Ruiz Jr, AJ was the better fighter for most of the contest and against the Mexican that wasn’t the case. The first two rounds Joshua looked better technically, but Ruiz still landed a number of very clean strikes and even after Joshua knocked Ruiz down, the ‘Destroyer was dictating the pace of the fight. AJ looked as if he didn’t know what to do. So, what has Joshua done since? Has he fought to ensure he is 100% for this fight or is he distracted by the fact he was bested for the first time in his career?

Will Ruiz Jr change things up?

When Ruiz stepped into the ring with AJ he had nothing to lose, he was firmly the underdog. If he lost it was a case of putting on a good show. He came into the fight with a fire in his belly and tried to take the fight to AJ from the get-go. Now Ruiz is a champion and knows that one clean punch can end that, will he alter his typically open fighting style now he has the biggest prizes in the industry to lose?

Did AJ “Give Up”?

A lot of people believe that during his defeat to Ruiz, AJ gave up because his heart wasn’t in it. It wasn’t a fight he wanted and once he was rocked, that was game over mentally. Now, we personally don’t think that was the case, as you can see, the first hit that majorly rocks AJ is the hook which lands flush over the ear of AJ - from there it’s the Mexican’s fight. Mind, the Joshua camp claimed that the Brit had an illness going into the fight and therefore wasn’t 100%. We don’t think that was completely true either, but then again the last fight we previewed was apparently decided because one of the competitors sneezed three times, so it’s always a possibility!

Our Verdict

We believe that Ruiz will start the fight strong, as he knows that if AJ is still in the fight after the 7th round, he’ll definitely be the favourite due to his athletic build and stamina. However, when Ruiz fought Parker, he tired late on and Parker began to control the fight - so we would imagine that Ruiz is prepared for this fight to do the same. AJ will also be smarter in this fight. Ruiz is a counter-puncher and AJ knew that already but still left himself vulnerable on multiple occasions in the first fight. The Brit will try to set the tempo without going for a knockout and look to avoid taking more than 20% of the Mexican’s power punches. This is a similar tactic to what we believe we saw when Joshua fought Parker. If Joshua lasts 7 rounds without being rocked, we think he takes this fight - albeit by decision.

Betting Options

Now, we’ve picked out three options for our players depending on how they think the fight will go. The first will be our official verdict while the second and third will be two options that we think have a high possibility of happening. So firstly, our main bet is:

AJ to win by decision - 4/1

Andy Ruiz Jr to win within rounds 7-9 - 10/1

Anthony Joshua to win in rounds 10-12 - 15/2

21’s Acca

Andy Ruiz Jr to Beat Anthony Joshua

Dillian Whyte to Beat Mariusz Wach

Filip Hrgovic to Beat Eric Molina

Alexander Povetkin to Beat Michael Hunter

Chris Eubank Jr to Beat Matt Korobov

Jermall Carlo to Beat Dennis Hogan

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