World champion Anthony Joshua will be taking Andy Ruiz Jr for his first ever fight on US soil on June 1.
Joshua hasn’t either lost a fight or been tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) but nevertheless, he still managed to disappoint the diehard boxing fans once again.
The reason for the disappointment among the boxing fans is that of having been matched up with a fighter which comes nowhere near the caliber of a fighter that Joshua should be fighting at this point in his career.
Ruiz Jr will be replacing Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller who has failed three pre-fight drug tests before the scheduled showdown with Joshua and had to be replaced by none other than the Mexican American fighter himself.
If we take a look at the form of the two fighters going into the match, we can get a much clearer picture of who has the best chances to come out with the victory.
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Back in December of 2016, Joshua had taken on Eric Molina in Manchester with the British fighter who took just three rounds to dispatch his opponent ahead of a unification bout with the legendary Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium.
He faced the Ukranian big man just four months later in April 2017 with Joshua starting the fight with a rather conservative approach before the Brit changed that up and put Klitschko to the floor. The current world champion was then also put to the floor in the sixth round. The fight went on like that with Joshua, however, managing to stop the Ukranian in the 11th round. This was the closest encounter experience yet by AJ.
A 10th-round KO over Carlos Takam in October 2017 preceded a 12-rounder with Joseph Parker in March 2018. Joshua couldn’t stop Parker, meaning that his perfect win to KO ratio was snapped.
Joshua returned to his old ways against Alexander Povetkin in a 7th-round stoppage in September 2018.
Andy Ruiz Jr
In 2016, Ruiz beat the relatively unknown Franklin Lawrence in California, US, thanks to a majority decision. At that time, Ruiz was on his 29th win in 29 fights and would earn him a shot at one of the true rising stars of the heavyweight division in Joseph Parker.
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Just a few months later, Ruiz, in fact, took on Parker on the latter’s home soil in New Zealand, a fight which he lost after a majority decision was taken against him and because of which he lost the vacant WBO heavyweight strap.
Had Ruiz won that bout, he would have been the first-ever fighter of Mexican descent to win a heavyweight title.
Nonetheless, Ruiz shook off that disappointment and knocked out Devin Vargas in one round in California on March 10, 2018.
His next outing lasted a little longer, as he was taken all the way to the judges’ scorecards by Kevin Johnson in July 2018. Ruiz earned a unanimous decision for his performance on the night.
In his last outing, Ruiz retired Alexander Dimitrenko in the fifth round on April 20 of this year.
Here are some key points to take away from this:
- Joshua is the much bigger man at 6’6″ compared to Ruiz at 6’2″
- Joshua has a 95% KO ratio compared to Ruiz at 64%
- Joshua’s 82″ reach advantage is far superior to Ruiz’s at 74″
Anthony Joshua is the ultimate favourite to win the fight with odds of him leaving the ring with a win at just 1.022 whereas his opponent Andy Ruiz Jr priced at 9.8 to upset the current World Championship number one next Saturday.
*Odds are subject to change