Anthony Joshua v Andy Ruiz II Odds

Anthony Joshua v Andy Ruiz II Odds

Six months back, we witnessed one of the biggest boxing upsets of all time. Some fans even dared to put it in the same bracket of Mike Tyson – Buster Douglas and Antonio Tarver – Roy Jones JR. Yes, we are talking about Andy Ruiz’s TKO defeat over Anthony Joshua on June 1st.

AJ’s American dream went up in smokes in Madison Square Garden on the night, with his debut in the States being ruined by a man who very few gave a chance. Ruiz upset the betting odds by knocking Joshua down four times in the fight, before the referee called it off in the seventh.

In the hunt for his belts back, the Brit reactivated his rematch clause almost instantly, with the bout now scheduled for this coming Saturday. The anticipation is now gradually building, and the world will be tuning in to Saudi Arabia – on the back of such excitement, we’ve looked into SkyBet’s markets for the fight.

Outright winner

Before diving into the specials market, the place to start is with the outright winner for the fight.

Coming in at 4/9, it’s clear that the bookmakers are favouring AJ’s chances in getting his vengeance on the night. The former champ was a much bigger favourite heading into the first fight, with odds as short as almost 1/50, so his upcoming price won’t be that much of a surprise to punters.

Unlike most favourites in boxing though, there is still some value in Joshua. Many are expecting to see a new and improved figure in the Englishman, particularly when it comes to his defensive gameplay. Standing six inches taller and possessing an eight inch reach advantage, AJ, on paper at least, has the attributes to dictate the tempo and keep Ruiz on the outside.

We saw Joshua step forward and engage in fiery encounters in the first bout, something that led to his inevitable downfall on the night. Should the Englishman avoid coming down to Ruiz’s size and adopt a more pragmatic approach, he does have the tools to justify his tag as the favourite.

Inevitably, Ruiz will walk into the ring as the underdog again, but at a much smaller price of 2/1. The Mexican still holds plenty of value with these odds though, and we expect punters to fancy him to cause another upset on Saturday. By no means was Ruiz’s first victory courtesy of a ‘lucky punch’ or from simply ‘one hit’, but more his constant pressure and combinations from the inside.

In terms of a matchup, David Haye has highlighted the fighter as AJ’s potential ‘bogeyman’, as he proved to be a stylistically awkward figure on June 1st. Can his fortunes be repeated?

To win via TKO/KO

If people are expecting for lightning to strike twice, Ruiz’s odds of 11/4 to win via TKO/KO will undoubtedly be a price that sticks out to bettors. As mentioned, the Mexican’s quick combinations were what caused Joshua issues in America, as he managed to slip inside and land numerous punches to both the body and head.

After being put down, we saw the heart and determination of Ruiz, who came forward swinging and landed a huge left hand to the temple of AJ. It was virtually one way traffic from there too, with the Destroyer living up to his nickname by sending Joshua to the floor four times. The speed for a man of his size is quite extraordinary, but such mobility does not limit his punching power.

Joshua struggled to recover from that big left in the third, and some are suggesting that he will struggle should he get rocked once again. At 11/4, there is big value in seeing a repeat result of the first bout.

For Joshua to win by TKO/KO, SkyBet have given the Olympic gold medalist odds of 8/11. Regardless of the inaugural bout, this price is relatively generous for a fighter who has won 21/23 fights from such a method. Coming up through the ranks, fans became so accustomed to seeing AJ plough through opponents, with this first fourteen fights being finished inside three rounds.

Even as his level of opponent’s stepped up, we still saw the ruthless power that Joshua possesses, putting away the likes of Dillian Whyte, Dominic Breazeale and, of course, Wladimir Klitschko. It must also be considered that he was the man to put Ruiz down for the first time in his career in the first bout, with a snap left hand on the break of a clinch. AJ’s power is something that can never be ruled out and at 8/11, we expect this to be one of the most popular selections on the night.

To win via decision

Whilst many will be tuning into see a big flash heavyweight knockout, a victory via decision is something that cannot be ruled out of the equation entirely. Out of the two fighters, AJ is the more likely to do so, with his shorter odds of 4/1 reflecting this. As we have explored already, we could see Joshua approach the fight with a much more pragmatic style, standing behind his long jab and keeping Ruiz on the outside.

Just like his bout with Joseph Parker, the Englishman is more likely to try and restrict the number of his opponent’s attacks by keeping Ruiz on the back foot. Looking at how the first fight went, it’s fair to say that AJ will be doing every he can to prevent coming into close quarters with the Mexican, who clearly wants the bout to be fought in such a manner. Should he keep the Mexican at distance, the chances of seeing a KO do become slim.

Subsequently, Ruiz has been given a big outside chance at 12/1 to win via decision. Should the Mexican prevail, his success is most likely to come in the form of a TKO/KO again, as his gameplay lies with countering and landing quick-fire combinations. On paper, he doesn’t look the more likely to outbox his opponent over the course of 12 rounds.

Anthony Joshua v Andy Ruiz Odds

Anthony Joshua to win = 4/9

Anthony Joshua to win via TKO/KO = 8/11

Anthony Joshua to win via decision = 4/1

Andy Ruiz to win = 2/1

Andy Ruiz to win via TKO/KO = 11/4

Andy Ruiz to win via decision = 12/1