Joshua vs Ruiz 2: Stats & facts
Last night, WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder scored a thrilling one-punch knockout of heavyweight powerhouse Luis Ortiz in Round 7. To that point, most observers, including all three of the official judges, had Ortiz ahead.
FightSaga had the challenger up 60-56 heading into what would be the final round.
A chess match early
For starters, I see Joshua vs Ruiz 2 starting off slower than their first affair just as the pace for last night's rematch was slower than Wilder vs Ortiz I. This time, AJ will have more respect for Ruiz's speed and power and won't be so bold so soon, even if he manages to hurt his foe. Look for Joshua to be more pensive and calculating.
As for Ruiz, expect him to apply moderate pressure just as Ortiz did last night. He'll look to pick apart Joshua with his fast hands and try to make AJ tentative and defensive early. That stated, don't expect Andy to come out gun ablazing. Many seem to overlook that Joshua, in addition to flooring Ruiz, landed some heavy shots on the Mexican in their first affair, even after AJ was hurt and wobbly.
Joshua vs Ruiz 2
Titles: WBA/IBF/WBO Heavyweight
Date: December 07, 2019
Start time: 11 a.m. ET
Main event: 4 p.m. ET (approximate)
Location: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
TV: DAZN (US); Sky Box Office HD (UK)
Pre-fight Joshua vs Ruiz 2 facts and stats
- Records: Andy Ruiz 33-1, 22 KO vs Anthony Joshua 22-1, 21 KO
- Titles at-stake: Like their first bout, Joshua vs Ruiz 2 will be contested for the WBA, WBO, IBF and the IBO world heavyweight titles.
- Late sub: Ruiz was a late replacement for Jarrell Miller, who failed multiple drug tests.
A case could be made Joshua didn't take the fight - or his opponent - as seriously as he should. A case can also be made Ruiz is a lot better than most experts thought and might have AJ's number.
- Punchstats: In their first bout, Joshua landed 47 of 176 (26.7%) total shots while Ruiz connected on 56 of 206 (27.2%).
- Scoring: Although Andy seemed to be decisively beating AJ in the first fight, two judges had him ahead by only a point at the time of the KO while the third had Joshua up by the same margin. (57-56, 57-56 - Ruiz, 57-56 - Joshua).
- Five knockdowns: Ruiz was down in third round and Joshua tasted the canvas twice in the third and twice in seventh.
- Conventional boxing: Despite flooring his foe and landing a few humdingers, Joshua, for the most part, appeared to be out -boxed and out-brawled by the Mexican throughout.
- A close fight in the rematch favors: Should the Joshua vs Ruiz 2 go the distance, a close fight would likely favor Joshua as he'll enter the bout as the A-side again. Hence, if judging in the rematch is anything like the first bout, Joshua will likely get the benefit of the doubt in hard-to-call rounds a la Canelo Alvarez in his battles with Gennady Golovkin.
- Odds: AJ opened as a -350 betting favorite over Andy Ruiz Jr., which means you'd need to bet $350 to win $100. Meanwhile, Ruiz is a +275 underdog, meaning if you bet $100, you could win $275.
- Weight: In their first affair, Joshua and Ruiz weighed 248 lbs and 268 lbs, respectively. We've heard a lot about both fighters shedding a lot of weight for the rematch. Look for Ruiz and Joshua to be leaner for the rematch. How much leaner, we don't know...especially for Ruiz.
We've seen Ruiz looking much trimmer (maybe as much as 30 lbs) in some pics but have they been photoshopped? I've seen other pics that have him looking relatively the same. I think Andy will be about 8-10 lbs lighter.
- He's the goods: Officially, Ruiz is 33-1, 22 KOs but some insist he's 34-0, unofficially. In 2017, Ruiz dropped a somewhat controversial razor thin decision to then WBO Champion Joseph Parker in the latter's native New Zealand. Had Parker vs Ruiz taken place outside of Kiwi territory, would the result have been the same?
- Confidence: It means a lot and doesn't show in the statistics. Having already KO'd AJ, Ruiz will be even more confident in the rematch. If he's not overconfident, it should work to his advantage. Win or lose, don't be surprised to see an even better version of Ruiz in the rematch.
- Conventional wisdom: Joshua should use his reach advantage and poise to outbox the quicker Ruiz from the outside and not succumb to the lure of a brawl at close range. Can he do that effectively for 12 rounds? Should AJ adopt that style, would Ruiz be able to solve the puzzle?
- Joshua vs Ruiz 2 Purses: In their first meeting, it's believed Joshua earned between $28 and $32 million USD while Ruiz is believed to have garnered roughly $6 to 7 million USD (£5.36m). Ruiz will likely earn more for the rematch.We believe Joshua will earn between $28 and $35 million USD and Ruiz between $12 and $15 Million.
- The Experts chime in: Fighters and trainers seem to be split 50-50 on the outcome of Joshua vs Ruiz 2. Those who have AJ believe he was ill-prepared to deal with Ruiz, having prepared for Jarrell Miller. They also insist AJ will make the necessary adjustments in the rematch.
Those who like Ruiz to retain his titles believe his speed and style, raw skills and durability make for the the worst possible style match-up for Joshua and that no adjustment(s) on AJ's part can change that.
- Who'll be next for the winner? Eddie Hearn insists he'd like to see the winner fight former undisputed cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk, the WBO mandatory. But look for the winner of Joshua vs Ruiz 2 to vacate the WBO belt and face the winner of Kubrat Pulev vs Adam Kownacki, the IBF's mandatory, instead.
- Last 6 fights
- Lost TKO 7 Andy Ruiz, Jr
Jun 1, 1019
- Won TKO 7 Alexander Povetkin
Sep 22, 2018
- Won UD 12 Joseph Parker
Sat, Mar 31 2018
- Won TKO 10 Carlos Takam
Oct 28, 2017
- Won TKO 11 Wladimir Klitschko
Apr 29 2017
- Won TKO 3 Eric Molina
Dec 10, 2016
- Lost TKO 7 Andy Ruiz, Jr
- Andy Ruiz
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