One of the biggest stars in boxing makes his professional US debut on Saturday night, as Anthony Joshua takes on challenger Andy Ruiz Jr. in the ‘Big Room’, Madison Square Garden.
There’s a stacked undercard to whet the appetite, as Katie Taylor seeks to become the undisputed world lightweight champion and Callum Smith defends his Super-Middleweight world title, among other intriguing match-ups.
Read on below for everything you need to know about Saturday’s fight night, including some of the best odds for the occasion.
It’s been a while since we have seen Anthony Joshua take centre stage in the ring, and there have been many twists and turns in the heavyweight division since his last bout against Alexander Povetkin last September.
Much has been said on Joshua’s future opponents, with heavy pressure for him to fight Deontay Wilder next during the lead up to this fight. Deals have been signed since by both of Joshua’s main rivals in Wilder and Tyson Fury, and it looks like a fight between any two of the three may have to wait until 2020 at the least.
Andy Ruiz Jr. is no pushover, however, He fought former world champion Joseph Parker for the WBO title just over two years-ago, narrowly missing out on a coronation in a tight points-loss.
One thing’s for sure, he has faster hands than the Brit, but he won’t have the punch power to knock him out. It’ll be an interesting encounter, but we expect AJ to do the business.
Chief-support act Katie Taylor looks a shoo-in to become undisputed on Saturday night, and we expect her to take out the Belgian Delfine Persoon in the late rounds, as she did Rose Volante in her unified world title fight early this year. You can get Taylor to TKO/KO her opponent between rounds 9 and 10 at 16/1
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