It's fight week and to celebrate the rematch of Andy Ruiz Jr vs Anthony Joshua, Paddy Power have some Power Prices on some very interesting predictions!
Earlier this year Anthony Joshua was the world heavyweight champion and looked unbeatable. He was due to make his American debut against Jarrell Miller, but the fight was cancelled due to Miller failing a drugs test. As a result, Mexican Andy Ruiz Jr. stepped in with three weeks notice.
The heavyweight didn't look like you typical boxer, small and not in shape many predicted another easy AJ win. However, after narrowly losing to Joseph Parker on points, Ruiz Jr. was not was to underestimate. AJ started off the fight well, knocking down the Mexican for the first time in his boxing career. This though only seemed to bring out the best side of Ruiz Jr. who then went on to win via TKO in the seventh round.
This was to be AJ's first-ever loss and in doing so handed over the WBO, IBF and IBO world heavyweight belts. Four days after the fight, Eddie Hearn announced that they had exercised the rematch clause in their contract. The fight is Saturday 7th December and is in Saudi Arabia. AJ is still the favourite for this but its a lot closer than last time!
— Anthony Joshua (@anthonyfjoshua) December 2, 2019
Andy Ruiz Jr. to win by KO/TKO – 3/1
The first time these two met this is how the fight finished. Ruiz is only priced at 2/1 to win the fight anyway so it wouldn't be a huge upset if he defended his belts. With both these men being big punchers its unlikely that the fight will last the 12 rounds. If it was to go the distance you would expect AJ to win being the fitter out of the two. At 3/1 this is a great price and worth a go after the last fight.
Ruiz Jr to be knocked down in Rounds 1-3 – 10/3
The only knockdown AJ managed in the fight was in the third round. Going into this one AJ is going to be wanting to make a statement and we could see a fast explosive start. If he were to knock him down and end the fight in 1-3 it would show he was back to his best.
Joshua to be knocked down & Joshua to win by KO/TKO – 7/1
Being knocked down four times in the first fight would suggest it could very easily happen again to the British Boxer. That being said he will be more prepared if it happens now. At 7/1 this is the biggest price out of the three but the most interesting. If AJ were to repeat what he did against Klitschko and come back after being knocked down it would show just how resilient he is.
Paddy Power has many other markets available of this heavyweight clash, such as Method of Victory, Group Round Betting and many more. AS fight night approaches be sure to keep a lookout for any more Power Prices that there might be!