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Stars of boxing make their predictions ahead of Anthony Joshua’s American debut against Andy Ruiz Jr

  • Anthony Joshua is favourite to beat Andy Ruiz Jr in New York on Saturday night
  • Sportsmail asked boxing stars for their insights ahead of the heavyweight bout
  • Carl Froch believes Ruiz Jr poses more of a threat than banned Jarrell Miller 
  • Heavyweight rival Dillian Whyte foresees a stoppage in the middle rounds

Anthony Joshua will start as an overwhelming favourite to retain his IBF, WBA and WBO world titles against Andy Ruiz on Saturday in New York. Sportsmail canvassed the predictions ahead of Joshua’s US debut.

Carl Froch, former super-middleweight world champion

‘Ruiz is a tougher fight than Jarrell Miller. Miller was all hype and all mouth and no substance. Ruiz doesn’t look like he is up to much – he is not in good shape. But he has a deceptive work-rate and he can punch. I still think AJ is too professional to get caught out. He is too good. I can see a stoppage at some point in the first six rounds.’

Anthony Joshua (L) and Andy Ruiz Jr pose for a photo after the press conference in New York

Carl Froch poses with his IBF and WBA belts after defeating Mikkel Kessler at the O2 Arena

Carl Froch poses with his IBF and WBA belts after defeating Mikkel Kessler at the O2 Arena

Ricky Hatton, former two-weight world champion 

‘With it being his debut in the US, Joshua will be going out to shine and put on a performance. He knows it’s important. I think he will look good and force a stoppage somewhere around about the seventh or eight round.’

Dillian Whyte, heavyweight contender 

‘Ruiz is way over-matched. Joshua is too big for him, has too much range. He will win by stoppage around halfway into the fight. I’d go for Joshua stoppage around five or six rounds in.’

Ricky Hatton celebrates beating Paulie Malignaggi with Liam Gallagher (L) and Noel Gallagher

Ricky Hatton celebrates beating Paulie Malignaggi with Liam Gallagher (L) and Noel Gallagher

Dillian Whyte celebrates his second victory over Dereck Chisora in December

Dillian Whyte celebrates his second victory over Dereck Chisora in December

Johnny Nelson, former cruiserweight world champion 

‘AJ is huge, punches hard and fast and he’s very athletic. He’s got to keep his head down and keep on with the job. I’d say AJ to win in the first six rounds.’

Paulie Malignaggi, former two-weight world champion 

Ruiz will be motivated. He is in enough shape to put up a fight. But Joshua is champion for a reason and on fight night he will bring out the mean Anthony Joshua in there. Joshua by stoppage in the first half of the fight.

Josh Warrington, featherweight world champion

Joshua will want to make a statement in the states. A round or two for him to feel his way into it then go to work. Will box smart, line up the shots and go to work when he has him hurt. Joshua by KO in the fourth.

 

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