Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz Jr predictions and betting tips as they meet in a rematch for the IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO World Heavyweight Championship in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia and live on Sky Sports Box Office. Will the British superstar be able to gain revenge at the first time of asking or will the first ever Mexican Heavyweight World Champion be able to prove the first result was no fluke.
There are all sorts of conspiracy theories in relation to the first contest between these two, did Joshua have a panic attack shortly before coming to the ring, was he suffering from concussion after being knocked out in sparring or was he simply beaten by the better man on the night? We’ve explored what happened in the first fight, if you want a refresher then click here.
Anthony Joshua (22-1) has credentials that are hard to match by any other fighter in the Heavyweight division. Despite coming to the sport late, he won a silver medal in the World Championships as an amateur back in 2011, but with the London Olympics around the corner, he did not disappoint in 2012 as he claimed the gold. “AJ” took his time to turn professional but when he did, his rise through the ranks was meteoric.
Joshua was able to claim his first world title by knocking out Charles Martin, and after one of the greatest heavyweight contests against Wladimir Klitschko he cemented himself as a household name, however the fight with Deontay Wilder to unify the belts continued to allude him.
Matchroom Sports, Joshua’s promotional team, has been making big moves in America and deemed the time to be right for Joshua to crack America. Original opponent Jarrell Miller was earmarked as being big enough to make a splash, but not good enough to damage AJ’s perfect record. However, when Miller failed multiple drugs tests the fight was off and Joshua had to find a new opponent. Up stepped the Mexican, and the rest, as they say, is history.
After claiming the gold in the last contest, Andy Ruiz Jr (33-1) is hoping he can repeat the success he enjoyed the last time these two fighters faced off and defend his newly acquired belts. The first ever world heavyweight boxing champion to come from Mexico knows that super stardom will await if he can accomplish that goal and, given that he boxes for the same US TV network as Deontay Wilder, it shouldn’t be too long before he is matched with the Bronze Bomber for all the gold.
Ruiz Jr has suffered defeat previously though, as he lost via a majority decision against Joshua Parker, a man that Joshua has already outboxed when the two faced off previously. That contest was very close on the cards and had the judges scored just one more round in Ruiz Jr’s favour, then the decision would have gone his way on that night.
Aside from that blemish, the 30-years-old has been perfect thus far in his professional career, albeit having mixed in the second tier of heavyweights for the majority of his 34 contests so far. He may be the champion, but the bookies have him a clear underdog and it is certainly an uphill challenge for him to retain the belts on Saturday evening.
Alexander Povetkin vs Michael Hunter Predictions and Betting Tips
Alexander Povetkin vs Michael Hunter predictions and betting tips as they meet in an eliminator for the WBA World Heavyweight championship and as chief support for Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz Jr 2 in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia and live on Sky Sports Box Office. Will the Russian be able to have one more shot at world honours or will the Russian be able to prove he belongs in elite of the division?
After making his professional debut back in 2005 and competing in 37 fights since that point, it is fair to say that Alexander Povetkin (35-2) has been around the block a bit. The 40-years-old has been at the top of the mountain but a couple of failed drugs tests and losses to Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko has tarnished his reputation.
However, Povetkin should not be underestimated and his devasting stoppage of Brit David Price a few years ago shows the power he possesses. That is not to say he is a one trick pony though, as he is an excellent boxer and whilst Hughie Fury may not be the best heavyweight in the family, he still poses an credible threat to any fighter in the division, but was unable to outclass the Russian when the pair met back in August.
The latest man to attempt to overcome the experienced Russian is American Michael Hunter (18-1). The 2012 U.S Olympian’s only professional defeat to date came in the Cruiserweight division against the former unified champion Oleksandr Usyk in April 2017. Usyk initially tried to punch with Hunter, but he wasn’t able to match his high work rate. So he got on his bike, and used a hit and move approach to winning the fight.
Dillian Whyte vs Mariusz Wach Predictions and Betting Tips
Dillian Whyte vs Mariusz Wach predictions and betting tips as they meet on the undercard of Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz Jr 2 in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia and live on Sky Sports Box Office. Will the talented Brit be able to put his recent troubles with UKAD aside and continue his march towards a world title?
Dillian Whyte (26-1) beat Oscar Rivas to become WBC ‘interim’ champion back in July and, as a result, mandatory challenger for the heavyweight world title. However, it was subsequently reported that a drugs test returned three days prior to the Rivas win stated that Whyte’s system contained an adverse finding and his lawyers are currently attempting to resolve an ongoing UKAD case on the matter.
As a result of that ongoing dispute, the WBC have provisionally suspended his “interim” title status, meaning, at the time of writing at least, the belt will not be on the line in this contest. However, seeing as no actual ban was forthcoming and Whyte was cleared to fight in the Rivas bout, he is free to continue his career and returns to the ring this weekend.
In the ring we know that Whyte is a terrific fighter who is not afraid to mix it with anyone in the division. He has long been chasing a bout with brash American Deontay Wilder and he knows that if he can win this weekend and put his out of the ring troubles to one side, it is surely just a matter of time before that contest becomes a reality.
His opponent will be tough Polish veteran Mariusz Wach (35-5), who was a solid contender once upon a time and even challenged Wladimir Klitschko back in 2012, losing by unanimous decision.
Although he will tower over Whyte in terms of stature, Wach has since been beaten by Alexander Povetkin, Jarrell Miller, Artur Szpilka and Martin Bakole, so he is not seen as an elite level opposition. He has recently bounced back with two wins against low level opposition in Poland, and he knows that if he is able to get the win on Saturday then it might just provide a shot in the arm for a career which is winding up.
After one of the biggest upsets in recent years, Anthony Joshua will bid to bounce back at the first possible attempts and reclaim the unified heavyweight championship from Andy Ruiz Jr. The Brit knows that, after suffering the first professional loss of his career, the pressure is completely on his shoulders to prove that he still has the in ring capabilities to keep his opponent at bay long enough to land those big shots he has become so well known for.
The conspiracy theories from the last fight would suggest that there was plenty wrong with AJ prior to a punch being thrown, but although there may be some truth in those rumours, we should be careful not to take anything away from Andy Ruiz Jr who stood tall to Joshua’s best shots before landing a disorientating shot to the temple which the Brit never really recovered from.
This time around, the fight goes to neutral territory in Saudi Arabia, and while there will still be plenty of eyes on the contest, it will be interesting to see how each fighter prepares for the different environment of the Big Apple to the desert.
Both fighters have had long and full camps, and while Ruiz Jr has maintained that bulk that he typically carries, Joshua has slimmed down this time around, which is perhaps not surprising as he has come in a little fleshy by his standards in his last few contests.
We expect Ruiz Jr to try to neutralise the reach advantage of AJ by boxing in close and making it more of a battle of attrition. He has quick hands and quick feet so will be able to close the distance reasonably easily before getting his combinations away.
Joshua, on the other hand, will likely try to use his jab to cut off Ruiz Jr’s advances and by doing so he will be hoping to keep the fight at a comfortable range. He will likely be warey of Ruiz Jr’s power after the last time and although he will be a bit more cautious this time around, if he starts to enjoy some success we expect the confidence to return and AJ to retain his belts by stoppage.
Although that’s what we think will happen at Free Super Tips, we have canvassed the opinion of Boxing Monthly’s Tom Craze. You can see his thoughts on all things Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz Jr 2 by clicking here.
The fight between Alexander Povetkin and Michael Hunter could well steal the show on Saturday evening as, on paper at least, it is one of the few that looks to be a genuine 50/50 booking.
Former WBA heavyweight champion Povetkin has looked less than impressive in his last five fights, and truth be told, he’s starting to show age. Povetkin’s last good victory was a 6th round knockout of former heavyweight world title challenger Johann Duhaupas in December 2016 and the people he has mixed with since have not exactly been at the pinnacle of the division.
He faces a real problem in Michael Hunter too, as the former cruiserweight is a very mobile heavyweight who has quick hands and is full of confidence. We expect the American to come through this one, but he is unlikely to want to sit in the pocket and trade, so backing him to win by points looks to be the way to go.
Although nobody wants to see doping in boxing, Dillian Whyte’s troubles with a positive drug sample shortly before his last contest is shrouded in mystery. The man from Brixton was allowed to continue to fight by UKAD and no suspension has been forthcoming, which begs the question, what exactly has gone on?
However, it is not the first time Whyte has tested positive for a banned substance so he at least on reasonably familiar territory here and it seems likely to make him more determined to make a statement in this weekend’s contest rather than make him put in a distracted performance.
In the ring Whyte is a heavy handed fighter and he has stopped 18 people in his 26 contests to date, and although he went the distance with Rivas last time out, he did have his man on the canvas in that contest.
When you consider that Mariusz Wach is at the tail end of his career and has lost three of his last five contests, with the only two wins coming against low level opposition, then it seems unlikely that this one will end with an upset.
Whyte should get on the inside fairly quickly and should dominate this contest. We expect Whyte to win this one by knockout in pretty convincing fashion.