Ruiz Jr vs Ortiz odds suggests the former four-belt heavyweight winner will be tough to beat at Crypto Arena on Sunday.
Andy Ruiz Jr lost his titles against Anthony Joshua in 2019, but he rebounded with a win and he faces another moderate test against Ortiz.
It’s an important fight in the heavyweight division and our boxing fight preview looks at why Ruiz Jr is the man to beat.
Class With Ruiz Jr
Being a former champion comes with a fair amount of respect and Ruiz Jr wants to get another title shot.
He’s not the first in line after scoring a unanimous decision win over Chris Arreola, but a dominant win against Ortiz could see him back in the limelight.
His weight has also been a point of contention with the media. He seemingly fought best when he was heavy, before dropping a lot of weight and getting dominated by Joshua in the rematch.
“I was listening to too many people, like on Instagram, saying oh you’re too fat, you need to lose weight, you need to look the part,” Ruiz Jr said. “Sometimes it gets to your head, and I was like you know what I do want to look strong, I want to look the part or like Hercules or like Anthony Joshua. But you know what, that’s not how God made me. He made a chubby fighter, having to prove people wrong and inspire a lot of kids, the way that you look doesn’t matter.”
Despite the uncertainty about his boxing future, Ruiz Jr vs Ortiz odds reflect his chances of winning. He’s the short-priced favorite and with good reason.
His 34-2 record is dominant enough and his losses came to Joshua and Joseph Parker. We believe he won against New Zealand’s Parker, in what was a strange decision by the judges.
Parker never eventuated into much, but Ruiz Jr bounced back and won the world titles. He deserves to be the favorite against Ortiz, who has lost only to Deontay Wilder.
Ortiz Prepares for Important Bout
Ortiz has fought and lost to Wilder twice for the WBC World Heavyweight title. He’s not fighting for a title here, but he’s fighting for his career.
A loss to Ruiz Jr would deny him any chance of getting another title shot. He has a similar record of 33-2 with 28 wins coming by knockout, so he’s a powerful fighter and the Ruiz Jr vs Ortiz odds don’t do him justice.
Following his second loss to Wilder, Ortiz knocked out Alexander Flores in Round 1 before securing a sixth-round knockout against Charles Martin.
That was a quality performance and it earned him a chance of climbing up the heavyweight ranks. He’s currently 10th in the division and capable of pulling off an upset.
“Andy is very dangerous. There is no doubt about that. He’s proved it many times over. There isn’t a heavyweight who is willing to get in the ring and is not a dangerous fighter. I am very cautious of that every time I get into the ring,” said Ortiz.
“My hands are going to do the talking in the ring. I don’t move in slow motion or reverse. My hands are just as fast.”
Those who bet on boxing know the heavyweight division can produce upset results, so the +310 odds are worth entertaining. However, with all things being equal, Ruiz Jr is the better boxer and will be tough to beat.Follow us on Twitter