Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz Jr Re-Match Fight Odds, Free Bets & Betting Offers – Saudi Arabia 7th December
Anthony Joshua was the unified heavyweight world champion of our time, not only the former best boxer in the world but also a genuine clean personality and a big role model in the sports world. Still young and hungry he could very well remain at the top of the boxing world for many years to come – that is IF he can win his titles back following his shock defeat in New York to Andy Ruiz in June 2019.
The exceptional punch power of AJ means he has managed 21 knockouts in 22 wins, with only one defeat. Although the one loss was a big one stripping the IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO titles from the man mountain. AJ has a mandatory re-match clause in his contract that he will take to win back his crowns.
The biggest fights of course attract some of the biggest wagers in sports betting and therefore the bookies take this market very seriously, with many running prices or promotions even at a loss to attract your custom. On this page we look at who has the best prices and offers for the latest Josuha fights, we also look at the profile and stats of the man mountain. No one since Frank Bruno has appealed to a more diverse public audience than AJ and this means unprecedented betting value can be found for his bouts.
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Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz Jr Re-Match Preview
There have been some big shocks in the world of boxing over the years, such as James Douglas’ win over Mike Tyson in 1990, Cassius Clay’s impressive debut title fight versus Sonny Liston and Lennox Lewis’ fifth-round knockout defeat to Hasim Rahman in 2001.
Andy Ruiz Jr.’s impressive win over Anthony Joshua on the 1st of June 2019 ranks right up there, with no one giving the 122 kilogram of Mexican descent after he was called upon to replace Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller in the bout against AJ with just six weeks to go before the fight.
Ruiz Jr. was close to being a 30/1 underdog for the bout, such was the extent to which Joshua was seen as the clear favourite. Both boxers took a tumble in the third round, with AJ getting his opponent down early and giving the crowd the impression that the bout would be a short-lived one.
The Mexican responded in kind, though, and it looked like the fight was his for the taking when he left his British opponent reeling before the round came to a close. Many believe that he gave AJ a concussion and it showed, with Ruiz Jr. knocking him out in the seventh to set up a much-anticipated re-match.
What Are They Fighting For?
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The result of the first match means that Joshua has sacrificed his IBF, WBA, IBO and WBO to Ruiz Jr. The Mexican American now boasts the titles as well as the title of being the best active heavyweight boxer as ranked by BoxRec. In short, then, the fight is both a chance of AJ to win back his titles as well as an opportunity for him to restore his broken reputation. He’ll take heart from the fact that he’s the first boxer to put Ruiz Jr. on the canvas, with his only loss coming on points, but it will be scant consolation.
The first fight was seen as something of a lose-lose for Anthony Joshua, given that a win was meant to be ‘inevitable’ and therefore would’ve been seen as worthless, whilst the loss means that many people think he’s not the boxer his reputation proclaimed him as. He took the fight on because he wanted to enhance his reputation in America, but that’s not quite worked out as it was supposed to and now he’ll be known Stateside for all the wrong reasons.
For Ruiz Jr., of course, the fight represents a chance for him to prove that it wasn’t a one-off. The Destroyer had only lost one matchup before he got into the ring with Joshua, so he will have felt that he had a chance even whilst everyone else was massively under-estimating him. Now he’s the man who has the IBF, WBA, IBO and WBO titles and will relish the opportunity to show the boxing world that it wasn’t just a moment of fluke that saw him land them. As AJ believed his own hype, Ruiz Jr. just got on with the job of winning.
Ruiz Jr. has also suggested that , so there’s very much a sense of home pride at stake for him. Though born in Imperial, California, his parents were from Mexico and he’s always been considered to be Mexican-American and is the first person of Mexican descent to become the world heavyweight champion. Given the whole reason that Joshua took the fight on the first place was to further his reputation in America, it’s unlikely that he’ll be keen to fight in Mexico.
What The Experts Think Will Happen
It’s fair to say that the experts are reasonably convinced that Anthony Joshua will exact revenge on Andy Ruiz Jr. when the two fighters meet back up at some point before the end of the year, but given they almost uniformly said that AJ would win the original bout with ease, are they to be trusted?
Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, said that his fighter will be ‘back better and stronger than ever’, but also acknowledged that the pressure is on the Englishman and that if he loses the rematch it could be ‘really damaging to his career’. That is an opinion that is backed heavily by Dave Allen, who said that AJ would ‘have to consider retiring‘ if he lost to to Ruiz Jr. for a second time.
Allen spoke of how he didn’t think it was as simple as just being a ‘lucky shot’ for Ruiz Jr., but rather that AJ ‘didn’t look right’ and that it ‘wasn’t the same boxer we’ve seen in the past’. Allen felt that Joshua looked like he didn’t have any ideas after the first round and was ‘flat’ as the bout wore on.
Frank Warren, Tyson Fury’s promoter, is one of those that thinks AJ might end up losing a second time. Speaking to the BBC he said, “I would be very surprised if the outcome was any different”. He was basing his opinion on the fact that Joshua’s ‘chin is exposed’ when he gets in the ring and that Ruiz Jr. will be ‘better with a bit more preparation’.
Meanwhile James Brady, writing for SB Nation, said that he still expects Ruiz Jr. to be the underdog when the two fighters go head-to-head again at the end of the year. He wasn’t even the favourite in the immediate aftermath of his victory, after all, and AJ will be far less likely to underestimate him the second time around. It means that Joshua will still be the favourite in the rematch but far less overwhelmingly so. That’s a fact that was reflected in the odds released in the week after the match.
What’s Next For AJ If He Wins?
The future looked decidedly set for Anthony Joshua before the first bout with Andy Ruiz Jr., with bouts against fellow heavyweights such as Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury likely to be in the pipeline at some point. That hasn’t really changed just because AJ lost to the Destroyer, but the importance of one of those fights, should it happen, will have increased ten-fold.
The loss to Ruiz Jr. has left Joshua’s reputation in tatters, so if he ends up lining up against Fury or Wilder in the future then it could legitimately be make-or-break for his career. Lose to one of them on the back of his loss in Madison Square Garden and it’s difficult to see any way back for the former Olympic gold medallist.
All of that is assuming that he does indeed beat Ruiz Jr. in any rematch. If he loses to the Mexican-American then Allen’s suggestion that he might want to consider retiring might well come to the fore. To lose once to someone you’re supposed to beat easily can be dismissed as being unfortunate, but to lose to twice will be seen by many as being the final nail in the coffin that his career will reside in.
Andrés Ponce Ruiz Jr Profile
Born in Imperial Valley in the American state of California on the 11th of September 1989, the American-born Mexican trained under Cuban Fernando Ferrer when he was an amateur, his record was 105-5 as he won two Mexican National Junior Olympics Gold medals as well as the World Ringside Heavyweight Championship.
He turned professional in 2009, losing to Miguel Ramirez in a 4-round battle as a 19-year-old. He bounced straight back, however, defeating Ross Brantley three months later in the same venue in Mexico. His American debut came in 2010 when he fought Luke Vaughn in Texas and knocked him out in the first round. He didn’t fight over eight rounds until 2012 when he defeated Homero Fonseca on points, but his first fight for anything of note came about the following year when he claimed the WBO Inter-Continental heavyweight belt after forcing the stoppage out of Joe Hanks in the fourth round.
He was taken all the way the tenth round for the first time in his career when he fought Siarhei Liakhovich, the former WBO champion, in 2014, winning the bout on points. 2016 was a big year of his professional career to date, winning two fights in May and July to earn himself a shot at the WBO heavyweight title with a fight against Joseph Parker. His aim to become the first heavyweight champion of Mexican descent fell short when the judges ruled that Parker had won on points, but it was a controversial decision and the CompuBox stats suggestion Ruiz Jr had landed 26% of his punches compared to the 21% landed by Parker.
Following a late call to replace Miller Ruiz achieved a once in a lifetime opportunity to have a crack at AJ’s IBF, WBA, WBO, IBO titles. Despite being priced at over 30/1 and having been written off as a stepping stone, the big man shocked the world by knowing out Joshua in the 7th round to become world champion, the first ever Mexican to do so. Right now many will see that as a one-off, but should he go on to beat Joshua again in the re-match then people will have to take him seriously as the best boxer on the planet.
Anthony Joshua Profile
Born in the UK on the fifteenth of October 1989 but raised in Nigeria until he was twelve, Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua has become one of the best-known boxers in the world. Perhaps what is most remarkable about his rise is that he only started boxing at the age of eighteen when Ben Lleyemi, his cousin and a professional boxer in his own right, suggested that he take it up. Sufficed to say that his success since then has proven his cousin’s suggestion to have been a worthwhile one.
A natural athlete from an early age, he showed promise in both sprinting and football but chose not to pursue a career in either of them. Joshua’s mother, Yeta, was Nigerian and his father, Robert, was English but of Nigerian and Irish descent. Having travelled to his ancestral home at an early age, Joshua returned to Watford when his parents divorced in 2001. He was midway through Year Seven of school at the time, but he didn’t allow the disruption to affect his life to any real extent. Here’s a look at his story.
Despite only starting boxing relatively late in his youth, Anthony Joshua was a quick learner at the sport thanks to the coaching he received at Finchley Amateur Boxing Club in the Barnet area of North London. He won his first tournament two years after joining when he picked up the Haringey Box Cup, retaining it the following year. Unsurprisingly, those trophies gave him a taste for winning and in 2010 he fought what was just his eighteenth bout but saw him victorious in the senior Amateur Boxing Association Championship.
On the back of that, the then twenty-one-year-old was offered his first professional contract, which was worth £50,000. It was an easy decision for him, though, later saying, “Turning down that £50,000 was easy. I didn’t take up the sport for money, I want to win medals”. Winning medals was something that he was learning how to do, defending his ABA Championship title in 2011. Whilst he was known domestically at that stage, it wasn’t until 2011 that Joshua began to earn respect in an international sense. Having travelled to Azerbaijan to take part in the World Amateur Boxing Championships in Baku, he beat the World and Olympic champion, Italian Robert Cammarelle.
The domestic success that Anthony Joshua enjoyed in 2010 saw him invited to join the GB Boxing team and he soon defeated Amin Isa to become the British amateur champion at the GB Amateur Boxing Championships. After defeating Cammerelle in Baku, Joshua also beat Erik Pfeifer on his way to the final and in the process secured a place in the 2012 Olympic Games, which were due to be held in London. At the same time, he was also named by the Boxing Writers Club of Great Britain as the Amateur Boxer if the Year. Despite that and the silver medal won at the WAB Championships in Azerbaijan, Joshua was still a novice when it came to international boxing when the 2012 Olympics got underway.
Perhaps one of the most controversial moments of Anthony Joshua’s career to date occurred in the last sixteen bout during the Olympics when he went up against Erislandy Savón, the Cuban boxer who was ranked number four in the world by the AIBA at the time. The home boxer was awarded a 17:16 win by the judges after three hard-fought rounds, with many believing that Savón should’ve won but that the home crowd had swayed the decision. Regardless, it set up a quarter-final bout with Zhang Zhilei, who had won the silver medal at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, with Joshua dropping him in the second round. He took on the Kazakhstani boxer Ivan Dychko in the semi-final, winning 13:11.
The final saw him come up against a former foe in the shape of Roberto Cammarelle. At the time, Cammarelle was the reigning Olympic Champion and had twice been World Champion, so it was little surprise when he raced into the lead thanks to scores of 6:5 and 13:10. Joshua had a decent third round, however, and in the end the judges called it 18:18 in a decision that critics once again felt was a bit of a ‘home decision’. His gold medal at the 2012 Olympics earned Joshua an MBE in the 2013 New Year Honours.
Professional Heavyweight Boxer
Joshua turned professional in July of 2013 when he signed with Matchroom Boxing. He fought nineteen times in the following three years and remained undefeated during that time. He defeated Charles Martin in 2016 to lift the Heavyweight belt, retaining it when he beat Dominic Breazeale in the same year. In December 2016 he fought Eric Molina and retained the title once more.
Perhaps the biggest fight of Joshua’s career to-date came in April of 2017 when the former Olympic gold medalist went up against Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium. At the weigh-in, the Ukrainian came in at 240 and a quarter pounds, whilst Joshua was 250 pounds. In the fight, both men gave everything in front of ninety thousand people and the Englishman won by technical knockout in the eleventh round. Even without the knockout, Joshua was ahead with two of the judges.
As a professional, Anthony Joshua has fought twenty-three times to date and has won twenty-one of them by knockout, one by decision and of course one loss, most recently when he lose his belts to Ruiz. Since fighting Klitschko he has taken on Carlos Takam, Joseph Parker, Alexander Povetkin and Andy Ruiz, though the big fight that he wants is against Tyson Fury, who he called out after his win in Wembley back in 2017.
In order to fight Fury or Wilder of course AJ will have to get his belts back, so in the meantime everything hangs on what happens in his Re-match against Ruiz.
Anthony Joshua Stats and Facts
- Full Name: Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua
- Nickname: AJ
- Nationality: British
- Date of Birth: 15th October 1989
- Stance: Orthodox
- Weight: Heavyweight
- Height: 6 foot 6 inches
- Reach: 82 inches
- Professional Record To Date: 23 fights, 22 wins, 1 loses, 0 draws, 91 rounds, 21 knock-outs
- Titles: Former IBF, WBA, WBO, IBO
Andy Ruiz Jr Stats and Facts
- Full Name: Andrés Ponce Ruiz Jr
- Nickname: The Destroyer
- Nationality: American
- Date of Birth: 11th September 1989
- Stance: Orthodox
- Weight: Heavyweight
- Height: 6 foot 2 inches
- Reach: 74 inches
- Professional Record To Date: 34 fights, 33 wins, 1 loses, 0 draws, 22 knock-outs
- Titles: Current IBF, WBA, WBO, IBO