Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz Jr Prediction & Betting Lines - Boxing Preview

Anthony “AJ” Joshua (22-0) has his first fight in the USA in a unified heavyweight world title contest against Andy “The Destroyer” Ruiz Jr (32-1) at Madison Square Garden in New York on June 1.

Joshua, the IBF, WBO and WBA world champion, was last seen in action back in September 2018, when he had an impressive stoppage win over Alexander Povetkin.

Andy Ruiz Jr has lost only one of his 33 bouts, but many consider him to be short of the standard of boxer that the British world champion should be fighting when the likes of Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury are waiting in the wings.  

In fairness to both these fighters, Ruiz Jr stepped in for the disgraced Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller on short notice, after the latter failed three pre-fight drug tests.

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The only loss on Ruiz Jr’s resume came on points in his WBO title fight with New Zealand’s Joseph Parker in Auckland in 2016.  Parker later went on to lose that title to Anthony Joshua on points.

Joshua’s career record is 22-0 with 21 knockouts, having seen off every single opponent inside the distance other than the aforementioned Parker.

For his part, Ruiz Jr’s record is 32-1, with 22 by way of knockout. The problem for the California-born fighter is that if he couldn’t put away the likes of Joell Godfrey, Raphael Zumbano Love and Franklin Lawrence, he’s going to find it incredibly difficult to stop Joshua.

Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz Jr Betting Odds & Pick

Anthony Joshua not only has a superior KO ratio to Andy Ruiz Jr, but also has a considerable height and reach advantage too.  

In terms of boxing predictions for this fight, anything other than a Joshua win would be a major surprise. However, the betting line on a Joshua win is -2500 at bet365 bookmakers, which of course holds little appeal. The Draw is available at +3300 with 888Sport while the betting odds on Ruiz Jr to win are +1100 at 888Sport.  

In the ‘Round Group betting’ markets, Joshua is priced +375 with bet365 to win in Rounds 7-9 and that looks a better value tip.

Betting Pick: Round Group Betting – Anthony Joshua in Rounds 7-9 @ +375 (bet365)

Betting Pick: Round Group Betting - Anthony Joshua in Rounds 7-9 @ +375 (bet365)

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