Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Anthony Joshua II Expert Predictions


Anthony Joshua appears to be in good shape for his much-anticipated rematch with Andy Ruiz after the British-Nigerian born pugilist weighs in at 237lbs.

Britain's Anthony Joshua is seeking to regain heavyweight world titles from Andy Ruiz.

On the other hands, his opponent Andy Ruiz weighs in at 283lbs, 15lb heavier than the first fight.

AJ picked up a cut above his eye from a clash of heads in the second round, but continued to land big shots on a heavier and slower Ruiz Jr.

Joshua drew blood from Ruiz Jr in the earliest exchanges - he immediately seemed far more relaxed than during the ill-fated first fight and fired a swift right hook which did the damage.

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Joshua had been widely expected to be lighter than in the first fight but few expected Ruiz to bulk up in such a manner.

Meanwhile Joshua's weight loss appeared to vindicate suggestions that he will aim to make himself more elusive, avoiding Ruiz's unsafe swings and dragging him into the later rounds where stamina will play a major part. The build-up to this fight had been respectful but, at the end of the sixth, Joshua shot a spiteful stare when Ruiz Jr threw two illegal punches.

Joshua told Sky Sports: "He's a big lad - they should make a super-heavyweight division because it's such a vast difference". Joshua then had to absorb even more in the ninth.

"On Saturday night, he can reclaim those titles and become a two-time heavyweight champion of the world".