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Joshua vs Ruiz Jr odds: Champion heavy favorite on US debut

Joshua vs Ruiz Jr odds and predictions

Anthony Joshua will defend his title against Andy Ruiz Jr at Madison Square Garden on Saturday.

Joshua is a big betting favorite in his United States debut.

However, fighting for a heavyweight title or defending one for the first time in the U.S. has not gone so well historically for British boxers.

Joshua (22-0, 21 KOs), 29, will defend the WBA, IBF and WBO belts against Ruiz Jr (32-2-1, 21 KOs), the Californian having stepped in earlier this month to replace American Jarrell "Big Baby" Miller after he failed multiple drug tests.

Fight night information

When is it? Saturday June 1st

What time is fight? 10:00 p.m. ET

Where is it being played? Madison Square Garden

Which channel is it on? DAZN

Joshua vs Ruiz Jr Moneyline

Here are the Joshua vs Ruiz Jr odds for this fight on Saturday:

If you want to roll with Joshua, you'd have to put down $2,000 to win a $100 bet. If you're thinking about rolling the underdog in Ruiz Jr, you could win a $1,000 bet while only laying out $100.

The odds are heavily stacked in Joshua's favor. Others, to be fair, were not a huge favorite like Joshua when they made the trip to the United States to take on the world heavyweight champion.

Joshua vs Ruiz Jr Betting Trends and Stats

Here are some interesting betting trends and stats for the Joshua vs Ruiz Jr fight:

- Joshua has been a favorite in his last seven fights. This fight against Ruiz Jr is his highest odds to win since his -4000 moneyline odds against Eric Molina.

- Joshua holds three of the four major heavyweight titles and a perfect 22-0 record, all of which will be on the line in this fight.

- Joshua's second-to-last fight, against Joseph Parker, was the first time he went to the judges scorecard, breaking his streak of 20 consecutive knockouts.

- Ruiz Jr has been a heavy favorite in all but one of his fights, which coincidentally also came against Parker. Ruiz lost that fight by decision.

Joshua vs Ruiz Jr Intriguing Prop Bet

The intriguing prop bet: Joshua by points or decision.

(+480) Joshua might be a heavy favorite in this one, but Ruiz Jr will be tough.

Joshua should find his groove and be able to control this fight, but Ruiz Jr's experience and size could keep him alive in this one.

Taking the champion by points or decision is a smarter bet in our Joshua vs Ruiz Jr odds, especially since the moneyline bet for this fight is so high.

Daniel Canova
@DanCanova in Boxing