All SportPesa Boxing Odds Can be Found Here
The biggest fight of 2019 is almost here as Anthony Joshua aims to regain his world heavyweight titles from Andy Ruiz Jr., the man who dethroned him back in June. The rematch is taking place this Saturday in Saudi Arabia and SportPesa have been on the boxing beat throughout this week as we seek the opinion of some of the sport’s most recognisable names and ask them who’ll win. Andy Ruiz Jr. or Anthony Joshua?
Jamie Moore: Former European Champion and current trainer of Carl Frampton, Rocky Fielding and Martin Murray.
“For me, I’ve got to say Anthony Joshua. I think he’ll do it on points by keeping it simple and not getting involved. He might have to survive some scary moments, but I fully believe he’ll get it done.”
Mario Sarrano: Leading boxing manager who guides the career of WBC Lightweight Champion, Devin Haney.
“People forget that I was one of the only people to tip Andy Ruiz in the first fight and he’s going to do it again. Styles make fights in this hard business of ours and Ruiz is all wrong for Joshua. Ruiz will win again by KO after the ninth round.”
Michael Conlan: Hugely Popular Featherweight Contender and one of Ireland’s finest ever amateur boxers.
“I hope I’m wrong. I really hope I’m wrong, but I have the feeling that Ruiz does it by stoppage again.”
James DeGale: 2008 Olympic Gold medallist and two-time World Champion.
“I’m wanting Joshua to win. I’d love it if he won so bad, but this is a hard fight. I have to be honest, I think the fight is going to go the exact same way as the first one and that Ruiz will win by stoppage again.”
Joe Gallagher: Ring Magazine Trainer of the Year.
“It’s a hard fight to pick. I’ll be honest, I can’t give a definite answer, but if Joshua doesn’t do it early then I think Ruiz will get to him late on. It’s either Joshua early or Ruiz after halfway.”
Andy Clarke: Sky Sports Commentator.
“I’m saying Joshua will get the job done. It might not be pretty, but it doesn’t have to be.”
Danny Vaughan: Leading boxing figure with over 30 years’ experience in the sport
“It’s Ruiz for me again, and I think he’ll do it within the distance again.”
Sam Jones: Fast-rising manager who’s responsible for the career of 2016 Olympic Silver medallist, Joe Joyce.
“This is a hard call for me. Did AJ just have a bad night? We’ll soon know the answers. I’d love to see Joshua after everything he’s done for British boxing, but immediate rematches usually don’t go well for the fighter who lost the first one. I’m hoping this is Lennox Lewis and Hasim Rahman all over again, but I have to lean towards Ruiz by stoppage.”
John McDonald: Lead Feature Writer at Boxing Monthly
“It looks like Joshua is going to come in light, and with Luis Pabon as referee, it looks like a Joshua victory on points.”
Joe Joyce: Highly-ranked Heavyweight and 2016 Olympic Silver medallist.
“For me, this is a 50/50 fight in the heavyweight division where anything can happen. Ruiz has the speed, skills and he’s already beaten Joshua, and that could be key for winning again. Let’s see if Joshua has any new skills and if he can execute them at long range like the Klitschko style.
Lerrone Richards: British and Commonwealth 12st Champion.
“Anthony Joshua needs to box the same way he did against Joseph Parker if he’s to have any success. If he boxes behind a long jab and is more patient than the first fight, then Joshua can win on points.”
Guido Vianello: Heavyweight contender currently climbing the rankings.
“Joshua’s mind surely has to be down. I want to see Joshua do it, but I think Ruiz will win again.”
Kody Davies: Highly-rated Super-Middleweight Contender.
“I would absolutely love to see AJ do it for British boxing, but I can see Ruiz getting in the pocket and doing it again.”