- Anthony Joshua (22-0, 21 KO) puts his perfect record on the line Saturday night against Andy Ruiz Jr (32-1, 21 KO)
- The fight is being held at Madison Square Garden in New York
- Joshua has ended three of his last eight fights in the seventh round
Fans at Madison Square Garden will get quite the treat Saturday night with the heavyweight bout between Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr.
Online sportsbooks have you covered with some awesome props. I love three bets in particular – two of which are smart and sound investments, as well as one bet that could net you a boatload of cash.
Will Joshua-Ruiz Jr Go the Distance?
|Will the Fight Go the Distance?||Odds|
Odds taken 05/31/19.
You don’t need me to tell you nothing is guaranteed in the world of betting. That said, betting against this fight going 12 full rounds is as close to a sure thing as you will find. It’ll cost you with the price sitting at -600, but consider it a short term investment you’ll cash in on in just a few days.
— Anthony Joshua (@anthonyfjoshua) May 29, 2019
Joshua owns a 22-0 record and has 21 KO. He doesn’t lose and evidently he doesn’t enjoy using all 36 minutes he has at his disposal. Saturday night’s opponent doesn’t finish fights early as often, but Ruiz Jr. is still 32-1 with 21 KO. When two big fighters with heavy hands meet on a big stage don’t overthink things. Pay the price and enjoy a profit Saturday night, even if it’s more modest than you might like.
Pick: No (-600)
Method of Victory Odds
|Method of Victory||Odds|
|Anthony Joshua by KO, TKO or DQ||-500|
|Anthony Joshua by Decision||+400|
|Andy Ruiz Jr by Decision||+1800|
|Andy Ruiz Jr by KO, TKO or DQ||+2500|
Cross off any method of victory which makes reference to Andy Ruiz Jr. winning this fight, it just isn’t going to happen. His one loss came against Joseph Parker, a fighter that Joshua disposed of. While that fight was the only one on Joshua’s record that didn’t end in a KO, he still won the fight.
If you feel like getting wild, sprinkle some action on the draw, otherwise play it smart and take Joshua to win by KO, TKO, or DQ. The price is high, but will be well worth it in the end.
Pick: Anthony Joshua by KO or DQ (-500)
— Anthony Joshua (@anthonyfjoshua) May 30, 2019
Round Betting Odds
|Anthony Joshua – Round Betting||Odds|
|Anthony Joshua on Points||+400|
The lottery ticket in all boxing prop bets comes in betting exactly when a fight will end. For my money, it’s the seventh round you need to focus on here.
The key to round betting is research. If you’re just throwing a dart at the board, head to the gas station and buy an actual lottery ticket instead. In combing through the evidence here, however, I zeroed in on a pattern I want to exploit. Eight fights ago Joshua moved from fighting tomato cans to legitimate fighters, so let’s cross out all fights before that time. In the eight fights we’re including, he’s stopped his opponent three different times in the seventh round. For those less skilled at math that’s 37.5% of the time.
— DAZN USA (@DAZN_USA) May 30, 2019
Who knows if it’s a conscious effort to take the fight up a notch in the second half or if it’s simply when his opponents begin to fade, the reason doesn’t really matter. Paying +900 appears to be a bet worth exploring when you consider the ultra high value. I’m betting on history repeating itself and taking Joshua to win in the seventh by KO.
Pick: Round 7 (+900)