Andy Ruiz Jr v Anthony Joshua 2 Odds & Fight Preview
As 2019 draws to a close, one of the biggest clashes in boxing history approaches. Andy Ruiz Jr shocked the world on 1st June at Madison Square Garden, dropping Anthony Joshua, the undefeated heavyweight champion of the world, four times on his way to a stunning TKO victory in the seventh round.
To say the rematch is a career-defining fight for the 30-year-old from Watford is an understatement. If he loses he can kiss goodbye to a potential unification fight against Deontay Wilder or a UK blockbuster event against Tyson Fury, instead he will need to start again from the beginning and rebuild his once pristine reputation.
What happened to AJ last time?
Andy Ruiz was a massive underdog before that incredible night New York City, nobody gave him a chance in becoming the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight champion of the world. Instead, what transpired was one of the most iconic moments in boxing history.
He picked himself up off the canvas (for the first time in his career) to produce not one, but two knockdowns in the *same* round to turn the fight completely on its head. By the time Ruiz knocked him down twice more and the referee stopped the fight after 1 minute 33 seconds of the seventh round, everybody in MSG and watching around the world was in complete shock.
Speculation surrounded the Joshua camp for weeks after the fight, what happened in the changing room before the fight?
- Did he have a panic attack in his dressing room?
- Why was his ring-walk so late?
- Why didn’t he look himself?
- What was AJ’s father saying to Eddie Hearn after the fight?
- Why did he keep spitting his gum-shield out?
AJ has since addressed these questions simply by saying the better man won, this happens in boxing and he will become a two-time heavyweight champion of the world.
Many boxing bookmakers are predicting AJ will regain his crown in Saudi Arabia with bet365 currently pricing him at 4/9 (1.44). For those who think lightning will strike twice, Andy Ruiz is 7/4 (2.75) to successfully defend his titles.
bet365 also have an Exact Method of Victory market for the fight ranging from unanimous decision, split decision, TKO, DQ, KO, majority decision, technical decision and draw. AJ is priced at 4/1 (5.00) for a KO win with Andy Ruiz Jr currently 7/2 (4.50) for a TKO victory.
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* Joshua v Ruiz 2 betting odds correct at the time of writing
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