Betting guide for Joshua v Ruiz Jr rematch
After some delay in negotiations, the rematch between unified world heavyweight kingpin Andy Ruiz Jr and dethroned former champion Anthony Joshua is set and scheduled for December 7th in Saudi Arabia.
When the pair initially collided back in June, Joshua was regarded as the massive front runner to secure yet another victory over then stand-in opponent Ruiz Jr after he stepped up last minute to replace Jarrell Miller in New York City.
What followed was one of the biggest shocks in the sport for many years as Ruiz Jr stopped ‘AJ’ in seven rounds to become the maiden Mexican heavyweight champion.
Despite the shock result in their first meeting, it’s Britain’s Joshua that will enter the second scuffle at the end of the year as the odds-on 3/10 favorite to prevail in the boxing betting from bet365.
With the first fight having ended in dramatic fashion with a spectacular shock in the heavyweight division and the huge underdog having prevailed, here are five of the best and most potentially prosperous bets for fans and bettors to back ahead of the highly-anticipated rematch in December.
Andy Ruiz Jr to win – 12/5
Starting with maybe the most obvious but equally promising punt for the upcoming heavyweight title clash on foreign soil, the reigning champion’s odds have been drastically cut from the opening price the first time around after scoring an incredible KO triumph.
But his 12/5 odds currently on offer are still tasty, and fans who fancy a repeat result should get on it early before that price shortens.
Anthony Joshua to win by decision – 7/2
Many have questioned Joshua’s engine in the past, but he has slimmed down considerably in training of late and this could indicate he plans on going deep into the bout this time around.
The Watford fighter is available at 7/2 to win by decision here and repeat the victory he gained over Joseph Parker last year on home soil.
This will see the Briton start a bit slower and use his long-ranged jab and right hand to ease into proceedings to keep the shorter champion at bay.
Andy Ruiz Jr to win by knockout – 11/4
This is another for those fight fans that see the rematch taking a similar path to the first!
Ruiz Jr is lightning quick with his hands for a heavyweight, and his speed skills could cause problems again. He’s 11/4 to stop ‘AJ’ for a second successive meeting here and cement his position as arguably the best heavyweight on the planet.
Anthony Joshua to win in rounds 1-3 – 7/1
It’s unclear yet as to what game plan ‘AJ’ and his trainer Rob McCracken will implement come the opening bell on fight night. Rather than using his jab and keeping the distance against Ruiz, how about coming out flying and aiming for the KO early doors?
He’s 7/1 to stop the Mexican in the opening three rounds. Joshua has been clearly angry and frustrated in the build-up, and he could take this out on the titleholder very early.
Fight to go the 12-round distance – 11/4
On the other hand, Joshua may see success down the stretch in this bout, and being the biggest name and main draw here he may just get the nod of the judges in Saudi Arabia; being the man who brings the big money to the table.
If fans think this has the makings of going the distance but are unsure of which way the judges will score proceedings, then 11/4 on the bout reaching the final bell is superb.
There are various gambling markets on hand for fans and bettors to get involved with ahead of this highly awaited heavyweight clash, as showcased in this betting guide, so there are plenty of ways to grab a potential profit while enjoying the fight on December 7th.