Fight Night Betting Preview: Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Anthony Joshua II

Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Anthony Joshua
December 7, 2019 - Diriyah Arena, Diriyah, Saudi Arabia
Betting Line: Joshua -220, Ruiz Jr +180
Network: DAZN

Andy Ruiz Jr shocked the world on June 1, 2019 when he knocked out Anthony Joshua in the seventh round of their fight. This Saturday, December th at the Diriyah Arena in Saudi Arabia, he'll look to prove it wasn't a fluke.

Both fighters' lives and careers were changed that night in New York City. Ruiz was little-known to the casual boxing fan. Ruiz has been around the block for some time now. He's 33-1-0 with 22 wins by KO. His first professional fight was in 2009 when he won by KO in the first round. Ruiz's only loss has been a majority decision to Joseph Parker in 2016. He fought the New Zealand native on his home turf for the vacant WBO heavyweight title and came up just short.

Ruiz is regarded as a smart boxer with the power to put anyone's lights out. He's been knocking fighters out for a decade now.

He performed on the biggest stage of his life when he faced the heavily favored Joshua. Ruiz's win was one of the biggest upsets in the history of the sport. The 11-1 underdog was a late replacement after Jarrell Miller was denied a license for failing three different anti-doping tests. The fight was confirmed just one month before the two men were scheduled to meet in the ring.

The fight got off to a slow start. The first two rounds served as a feeling out period. Not many punches were landed. Anthony Joshua knocked his opponent down in the third round. Ruiz got right back up.

Ruiz returned the favor moments later. He knocked Joshua down with a flurry of punches. He too would rise again. Unlike the challenger, Joshua was clearly dazed. He stood back up, but went on the defensive until he was dropped again late in the third round.

Andy Ruiz knocked Joshua down twice more in the seventh round before the fight was waved off. It was a shock to everyone, especially Anthony Joshua, who was in line to fight Deontay Wilder.

The Brit's stock took a huge hit. His heart was questioned and the talks of him ever facing Wilder went silent.

Joshua was undefeated before losing to Ruiz six month ago. He holds wins over Wladimir Klitschko, Dominic Breazeale, and Alexander Povetkin among others. He's favored to win the rematch, but is a much smaller favorite than the first time around.

Ruiz is a smart fighter with a solid chin and heavy hands. He knocked out Joshua once. My money is on him doing it again.