Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz Jr. The main event will be on at around 10pm Nigeria time, as we understand it, but in the meantime we have all the build-up, and also the undercard.
Dillian Whyte vs Mariusz Wach should be a highlight of that, Whyte has served up some excellent fights in his time, including one against Anthony Joshua in 2015 where he landed a shot on AJ in round two that the big man didn’t enjoy much, and winded him laster as well, but Joshua got it done in the end.
Joshua comes into this fight, of course, with questions about his tactical nous and his defensive abilities. I personally think he has proven his heart and courage when he came back after being floored by Vladimir Klitschko to win that career-high night. The career low, of course, was defeat to Andy Ruiz in June. Is AJ too easy to hit?
At the weigh-in, AJ was 16 stone 13 and Ruiz was three pounds north of 20 stone, that’s a stone more than he weighed when he beat AJ. I cannot see that’s a good sign for Andy. But people learned to their cost that underestimating a man based on how he looks is a bad, bad idea. If you think you know how this is going to turn out, then we have some Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz Jr free bets for ya.
Although you’ll be doing well if you match Joshua’s earnings for his night’s work: apparently he is getting 70 million British pounds. Wowser. Ruiz walks away with a mere £13m, but that’s still a massive, exponential increase on the coin he was making prior to his sensational triumph.
And here is the tale of the tape.
Ruiz strong with the counter punch, getting inside with the choppy shorter hooks if AJ loads up clumsily for the long bomb.
Ruiz quick hands and longer reach than his appearance suggests, was able to back Josh across the ring.