Joshua vs Ruiz Start time-fight prediction and betting odds: Anthony Joshua faces a make-or-break rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr to reclaim his four world heavyweight belts in Saudi Arabia. Anthony Joshua is out to reclaim his world heavyweight titles when he and Andy Ruiz Jr meet in the most eagerly anticipated rematch of the year.
After taking the fight on four weeks’ notice, Ruiz stunned the boxing world last June as he knocked down Joshua four times en route to claiming the IBF, WBO and WBA (Super) titles on another famous night at New York’s famed Madison Square Garden.
After that first professional loss, the 2012 Olympian now faces a career-defining fight – a must-win encounter against the only man to ever make him look ordinary inside a boxing ring.
Ruiz weighed in a stone-and-a-half heavier than Joshua on that night in New York but his superb hand speed and footwork bewildered his opponent. Joshua vs Ruiz Start time-fight prediction
Date, UK start time and venue
The ‘Clash On The Dunes’ will take place on Saturday 7 December in an open-air venue in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia – the first heavyweight title fight to take place in the country. Ringwalks for the main event are expected to take place around 10pm GMT.
Joshua vs Ruiz Prediction
Was what we saw last June a freak result? Joshua has the natural boxing attributes to get the better of Ruiz – if he keeps his concentration and discipline. It might not be the prettiest method, but it could be the most effective.