By The Fighting Voice
Saudi Arabia – Ladies and Gentlemen, fight fans of all ages, the Fighting Voice family has sat down together to discuss our picks for the much anticipated Heavyweight championship rematch between Andy Ruiz Jr. and Anthony Joshua and it seems like we all agree on the outcome for the most part.
The sports books have Joshua as the odds on favorite at -205 (a $205 bet wins $100) and Ruiz is +175 (a $100 bet wins $175)
Eight months after his shocking defeat of Anthony Joshua in New York’s Madison Square Garden, can Andy Ruiz Jr. shock the world again and leave the Diriyah Arena in Saudi Arabia as the defending unified heavyweight champion of the world?
The Predictions are in!
” Ruiz coming in at 283 pounds, 15 pounds heavier than the last fight, will be a key factor. That’s a lot of weight to carry for 12 rounds, especially with the way Ruiz fights. If he can’t land something big early, it will be a long night for him! Anthony Joshua has the height and reach advantage over Ruiz, and will make the adjustments needed to get the win by unanimous decision.” – Mark Elezaj
” I have Joshua winning by Unanimous Decision.” – Gezim Camaj
” Joshua wins by ko in Rd 5.” – Frank Elezaj
” Joshua has something to prove and will win by KO in the later rounds.” – Ben Kocovic
” If Ruiz fights him on the inside, it could be trouble again for Joshua, but I see Joshua winning by late round KO.” – Rocky Elezovic
” Joshua keeps his distance because he remembers what happened last time. I think Ruiz goes into this fight with something to prove since everyone said he got lucky last time, so he’ll take chances to get a definitive win, but those chances will also leave him open. Joshua with the TKO.” – Geo Kocovic
” I see Ruiz winning again, by decision.” – Maria Elezaj
Joshua 5 – Ruiz Jr. 1
What do the Pro’s say? (Via Boxingscene.com)
Claressa Shields, undisputed female middleweight world champion
Anthony Joshua, Late KO
“I have AJ winning the rematch. Why? Because that loss forced him to change up many things. He is slimmer now, using angles and knows what he is up against. I believe Ruiz will come with the smoke he had in the first fight but people forget that Joshua dropped Ruiz first! So I see a late KO by Anthony Joshua if he sticks a hard fast jab in Ruiz’s face and get the combinations going.”
Amanda Serrano, seven-division world champion
Andy Ruiz, Jr, Mid/Late TKO Victory
I think that Ruiz will win again. I think mentally he has the edge and Anthony, although a good fighters, doesn’t look real confident. I predict Ruiz stops him in the mid to late rounds.
Tevin Farmer, current IBF super featherweight world champion
Anthony Joshua, KO
“I honestly think it’s a 50/50 fight but Joshua’s going to knock him out. I don’t know what round but he’s going to know Ruiz out.”
Carl Frampton, former two-weight world champion
Anthony Joshua, Decision Victory
“I go with Joshua, but someone is getting knocked out. Mentally, Joshua needs to be strong to regain the titles.”
Bernard Hopkins, Boxing Hall of Famer
Anthony Joshua, TKO/UD
“Joshua needs to win impressively to prove that the first fight was a fluke. I can see him getting a unanimous decision but that would almost feel like a loss. He needs to be impressive. To me, this fight feels like Lennox Lewis vs. Hasim Rahman 2. Anthony Joshua needs to channel his Lennox Lewis with a big, impressive win.”
Luis Ortiz, two-time heavyweight title challenger
Anthony Joshua, Decision Victory
“In my heart, I truly want for Andy Ruiz to pull off another victory over Anthony Joshua once again. But I believe that Joshua has learned a valuable lesson from losing the first fight. So I believe that Joshua will stay at a distance and that he will out-box Ruiz on the way to winning a decision.”
Deontay Wilder, current WBC world heavyweight champion
Andy Ruiz, Victory
“I see Ruiz coming back in, doing the exact same thing he did the first time. In rematches, when you get two guys in there sharing each other’s energy, you sort of know what they’re going to do. Although you can go back into the gym, strategize and get new ideas, like Mike Tyson said, ‘Everyone has a plan until they get hit.’ And sometimes when you get hit, you go back to what you know. Ruiz still has nothing to lose. The pressure is still on Joshua to show it’s a fluke, to show it was a bad night in the office. I’m not saying Joshua can’t win. He can put it together and get the victory, but my pick is Ruiz.”
The rematch takes place today, streaming live on DAZN at noon ET, with the main event taking place at approximately 3:45 p.m. ET.
~ The Fighting Voice ~