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Anthony Joshua v Andy Ruiz Jr: All you need to know

| 29.05.2019

Anthony Joshua’s next fight sees him make his debut in America this weekend, as he looks to maintain his unbeaten record in the ring versus Andy Ruiz Jr.

The Watford-born ace is defending his WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight belts.

Ruiz Jr has been around the ring enough times to know a thing or two, and brings a confident record to NYC. But will it be enough to inflict AJ’s first ever defeat?

And ahead of Saturday night’s showdown, here’s everything you need to know…

Where is the fight?

Joshua and Ruiz will meet in the ring at the famous Madison Square Gardens in New York City, America. The venue also played host to Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier’s two bouts in the 1970s.

When is the fight?

Being five hours behind the USA, the fight time the Joshua bout is around 3.00am UK Time on Sunday morning. The undercard is set to begin around 10pm UK Time on Saturday night.

Who is Andy Ruiz Jr

Andy Ruiz Jr is a 29-year-old Mexican American. He takes on AJ with a 32-1 record, with his only defeat a majority decision versus Joseph Parker in 2016.

He stands at 6ft 2in versus Joshua’s 6ft 6in, with a reach of 74in to Joshua’s 82in.

What are the fight odds?

Joshua is rated as a heavy favourite to win the fight in New York. He’s the 1/25 favourite, with Ruiz Jr the 10/1 underdog. A draw is 25/1.

There’s 9/1 about AJ to win in the first round, and it’s also 9/1 for Joshua to repeat his seventh-round defeat of Alexander Povetkin.

How can I watch the fight?

The Anthony Joshua v Andy Ruiz Jr fight is available via pay per view on Sky Sports Box Office.

View the latest Anthony Joshua v Andy Ruiz Jr odds.

All odds and markets correct as of date of publication



Richard Marsh

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