Anthony Joshua v Andy Ruiz Jr: A Look And A Prediction

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Anthony Joshua makes the latest defence of his WBA, IBF and WBO world heavyweight titles next month against Andy Ruiz Jr in what will be the champion’s debut in the United States.

Joshua was set to face the unbeaten, Jarrell Miller, on the card at Madison Square Garden, New York, however, the American was forced to pull out after testing positive for a banned substance.

Ruiz Jr, therefore, was given less than five weeks’ notice for the bout, but, grabbed the opportunity to fight for a world title once again, three years after losing to Joseph Parker for the WBO crown.

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Joshua was last in the ring last September when he stopped Alexander Povetkin in front of over 80,000 spectators at the Wembley Stadium in London. The British boxer made a slow start, however, in the end his power proved too much for his Russian opponent just after the midway point in the contest.

The success against Povetkin was Joshua’s 22nd straight win since turning professional. Earlier that year he was taken 12 rounds for the first time in his career by Parker where all three judges unanimously scored it in favour of the former Olympic gold medallist.

Ruiz Jr was last in the ring in April when he needed just five rounds to see off Alexander Dimitrenko in California. His only loss of his career so far came against Parker which was a majority decision against him.

The bookmakers make the challenger a +1000 shot in the Anthony Joshua v Andy Ruiz Jr betting odds, therefore, it will be considered a big upset if he is able to defeat the defending champions.

Prediction On The Heavyweight Fight

It’s never easy for a boxer when their opponent is changed very late into their training camp as a lot of what Joshua would have been preparing for would have been the threat that Miller imposes. That said, the world champion will surely prove too strong for Ruiz Jr, therefore the question is when, and not if, he wins.

Given his size and potential risk, Joshua may just respect Ruiz Jr in the opening few rounds so he is unlikely to be rushing in to get the early knockout. Joshua should eventually prove too explosive for the America in rounds five or six.

Victory over Ruiz Jr could set Joshua up for a unification contest against Deontay Wilder in September. The WBC champion recently knocked out Dominic Breazezle in the first round. A clash between the two world champions would create the first undisputed heavyweight champion since Lennon Lewis in 2000.

Joshua may also have the option of facing Tyson Fury in a domestic showdown which would have great appeal amongst boxing fans. Fury made a return to the ring after a lengthy absence from the sport in 2018. The former world champion is keen to take on the fight for a world title again after he drew with Wilder at the back end of last year.

For now, the focus for Joshua will be on Ruiz Jr as he looks to avoid being the victim of what would be one of the biggest upsets over the last decade in boxing.

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