12 rounds, for Joshua's IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight title
Anthony Joshua is a known quantity and Andy Ruiz is unknown to most casual fans. Ruiz is giving up a lot of advantages in this fight which is why the bookmakers have him installed as a 20/1 underdog. Joshua is bigger, stronger, punches harder and has a lot more experience at the top level than Ruiz. He is also the clear A-side in this fight and Joshua is the sole reason this fight is being placed in the big room at Madison Square Garden. Ruiz doesn’t look like what most people think a heavyweight boxer should but he is a really good boxer technically and he can punch hard enough to earn respect. The thing that is truly special with Ruiz is his hand speed and combination punching. He is really fast for being a heavyweight. In his last fight he stopped Alexander Dimitrenko who is a tall lengthy fighter like AJ but that’s the only thing they have in common. Joshua is so much better than anyone Ruiz has ever faced. It will be difficult for him to make his way in without getting peppered with long hard jabs from Joshua. Ruiz has good defense and a very good chin as he has never been dropped before. But that’s against who he has been fighting. He has never felt a right hand like Joshuas before. It is very likely that Joshua breaks him down and stops him. If he is to make it to hear the final bell, Joshua will win by a landslide. The Pick is Anthony Joshua to remain the Heavyweight Champion of the World.
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