It might not be the heavyweight championship fight lovers crave, but the bets still will be sky-high Saturday night when Anthony Joshua battles Andy Ruiz Jr. at Madison Square Garden. It is the main event of a four-fight card beginning at 9 p.m. ET. Joshua (22-0, 21 KOs) is fighting in the United States for the first time, and a success Saturday puts him up for a gigantic payday versus American champ Deontay Wilder for the undisputed heavyweight title. However, a fighter with good hand speed who’s 32-1 with 21 knockouts of his own, Ruiz can’t be overlooked by Joshua. Sportsbooks listing Joshua as a -2500 favorite (hazard $2,500 to win $100), together with Ruiz becoming +1100 (risk $100 to win $1100) as the underdog from the latest Joshua vs. Ruiz odds. The over-under on rounds is 6.5, and it is also possible to wager on exactly how long the battle continues. Prior to making some Joshua vs. Ruiz picks, make sure you see the boxing predictions from Peter Kahn.
A fight game veteran with more than twenty years of experience as promoter, a manager and advisor has his finger on the pulse of what goes on inside and outside the ring. He can be heard weekly as co-host of”The Fight Men” podcast around the SB Nation Radio Network.
And nobody understands the division . Kahn called Deontay Wilder knocking Dominic Breazeale from the first round — a huge shot bet out. “According to what Wilder has expressed leading up to the struggle and his true steak and dislike with Breazeale, expect Wilder to appear and try to do away with him early so as to make a statement,” Kahn told viewers. The outcome? Wilder ended the fight 2:17 to the first round with a barbarous knockout, and everyone who followed Kahn’s information made a killing.
Now, Kahn has broken down Joshua vs. Ruiz from every angle and published four best bets. He is sharing them at SportsLine.
Kahn knows Joshua, who retains the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO belts, is seeking to enlarge his new together with his U.S. introduction. Joshua grabbed his initial belt three years ago, turned heads by outlasting Wladimir Klitschko in 2017 and has come to be a British feeling capable of drawing 90,000 fans to Wembley Stadium. Regardless of his 95 percent knockout rate along with the heavy expectations on him to dazzle at MSG, Joshua said he’s only interested in receiving a triumph; he doesn’t care how.
Kahn also understands Ruiz is coming off a fifth-round TKO of Alexander Dimitrenko on April 20. Promoters exploited Ruiz with this fight after Joshua’s scheduled opponent, Jarrell”Big Baby” Miller, failed multiple drug tests. It is a struggle Ruiz needed seriously; he told ESPN that Joshua is”an ideal match for me.”
“Styles make fights,” he said”He is high, he doesn’t have a lot of head movements, so that I think with my pace and pressure, I think it would bother him a lot.” Kahn said he could see Ruiz finding early success as a result of his speed, noting Joshua”is generally a slow starter.”