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AJ to make light work of US debut? Get Anthony Joshua v Andy Ruiz Jr tips

Leigh Copson 8 May 2019
Anthony Joshua (credit:Nick Potts/PA Wire/PA Images)

Anthony Joshua v Andy Ruiz Jr predictions for the world heavyweight title fight on Saturday, June 1. Will Anthony Joshua make a winning debut on American soil, or can Jarrell Miller’s replacement Andy Ruiz Jr shock the world by dethroning the unbeaten heavyweight champion? Read on for all of our free predictions and betting tips.

Anthony Joshua v Andy Ruiz Jr Prediction


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Anthony Joshua’s first professional fight in the United States has not gone smoothly so far. The unbeaten heavyweight champion of the world had been scheduled to defend his crown against Jarrell Miller, but that fight had to be scrapped when ‘Big Baby’ failed a drugs test and was refused a licence to fight at Madison Square Garden. That left AJ’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, scrambling for a replacement, and it was former heavyweight title challenger Andy Ruiz Jr who signed on the dotted line.

The 29-year-old Californian has compiled a 32-1 record in his professional career but there are very few notable names on his CV. His most high profile win was a unanimous decision victory over a washed up Kevin Johnson in July 2018, but that earns little in the way of plaudits when you consider Joshua had taken out the former world title contender inside two rounds two years earlier.

The other notable name on Ruiz Jr’s record is Joseph Parker – who suffered decision defeats to both Joshua and Dillian Whyte in 2018. The two men met for the vacant WBO title in December 2016 and Ruiz Jr made a fast start to the contest, but he faded in the middle portion and was unable to claw it back in the final few rounds as he dropped a Majority Decision defeat to the New Zealander. So can he really go one better to dethrone Joshua? Ruiz Jr insists he can.

“He's a champion of the world,” Ruiz Jr told Sky Sports. “There's nothing that I can say bad about him, besides that he's big but you know what, I'm big too and it doesn't really matter how big you are in this game. I'm a big fighter, a combination fighter, so I'm here to win. A lot of people underestimate me – the way that I look, my appearance, but as soon as they see me throw punches... I'm going to pull out the upset! Anthony, don't underestimate this little fat boy!”

Joshua, of course, completely disagrees, but he has prepared himself for a very different fight to the one he was expecting to be involved in against original opponent Miller.

“Ruiz and Miller are very different,” he told reporters. “Ruiz is more selective with his punches, he punches with a bit more intent. I feel Miller would walk you down with the intent to tire you out and do things you're not naturally good at. Ruiz will be more of a technical boxing match. If I can't take his punch power, or he can't take mine, then it will be the first who lands, because we punch with intent. And if we can take each other's power, it will be the first one to tire.”

I do consider Ruiz Jr and upgrade from Miller, but I do expect the fight to end in the exact same way Joshua-Miller would have ended, with the challenger being stopped inside the 12 rounds. It will play out differently though.

Ruiz Jr will look to constantly apply pressure as Joshua gets to grips with facing a smaller opponent who, despite his poor physique, has got decent movement and very quick hands for a heavyweight. But the danger with chasing Joshua down is that it only takes one big shot to switch off the lights and the champion could uncork one at any time. Ruiz Jr may make it a little uncomfortable for AJ early on, but ultimately the champion will settle in, start landing those powerful punches and take out the challenger before the end of the sixth round. Then everybody can get back to demanding Joshua v Wilder and Joshua v Fury!

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Anthony Joshua v Andy Ruiz Jr Stats

Anthony JoshuaAndy Ruiz Jr
22Fights33
21 (21 KOs)Wins32 (21 KOs)
0Losses1
0Draws0
95%KO%64%
84Total Rounds144
6' 6"Height6' 2"
82"Reach74"
OrthodoxStanceOrthodox
29Age29
Current WBA (Super), IBF,
WBO & IBO heavyweight
champion.
World Titles-

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