Andy Ruiz Jr proved the dangers of conventional wisdom when it comes to Boxing betting. Consider that Joshua was a fill-in when he faced the famed defending heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua. Madison Square Garden was sold out anyway. Hence over 10,000 fans from across the pond in Great Britain made their way to celebrate another Joshua win. The thought that the flabby and every day looking Ruiz could win was considered impossible. Sportsbooks made the price on Joshua out of sight to scare off the public. Yet Ruiz Jr scored a seventh-round technical knockout win that stunned humanity.
Rankings and Handicapping Upheaval
As a result of Ruiz defeating Joshua, the heavyweight rankings were flipped upside down. As were the mindsets of many gamblers. Joshua did not take Ruiz seriously and was not prepared. The lasting offshore bookmaker Lesson is that there are no sure things. Like when Mike Tyson lost to Buster Douglas gamblers are occasionally and painfully reminded of this fact. Owing to the stunning result Joshua will get a rematch with Ruiz. The date and location are being worked out with a goal of December 7.
2019 Heavyweight Rankings
Concurrently world unification heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr is ranked number one. Gamblers and fight fans can deride him all they want but he defeated Joshua fair and square. Second in the heavyweight rankings is Deontay Wilder. Following Wilder is Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury, and Alexander Povetkin. Next, are Dillian Whyte, Jarrell Miller, and Luis Ortiz. Kubrat Pulev and Adam Kownacki complete the top ten.
Andy Ruiz Jr.
Owing to his upset for the ages over Anthony Joshua is Andy Ruiz Jr. secure in history. With the win Ruiz claimed the International Boxing Organization, World Boxing Association, International Boxing Federation, and World Boxing Organization world heavyweight titles. Now Ruiz has a career record of 33-1 with 22 knockout wins for his career. The native of Imperial, California still resides there. He fights from an orthodox stance and is 30 years old.
Specifically, Deontay Wilder is a bona fide second-ranked heavyweight with the potential for more. Wilder is 33 years old native and resident of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He has a career record of 40-0-1 and fights from an orthodox stance. The last time out for “The Bronze Bomber” was a first-round knockout win over Dominic Breazeale. Prior to that Wilder scored a Boxing Betting win over Tyson Fury in a 12 round split decision. Wilder is way past due for a heavyweight title fight opportunity.
Certainly, it will take a long time for Anthony Joshua to live down his loss to Andy Ruiz Jr. It was the first loss of his career. Most important of all was the fact that Joshua lost his four title belts. The native of Watford, England fights from an orthodox stance and has a record of 22-1 with 21 career knockouts. Although Joshua was leading on two of the three scorecards at the time of the knockout, he was not sharp. Furthermore, it was obvious he had lost his edge and did not take the substitute Ruiz seriously.
Of course, the rematch between Joshua and Ruiz will be the most anticipated fight of 2019. It will serve as a credibility test for both men as to where they really stand.