- Deontay Wilder opens as a -350 betting favorite against Mexican heavyweight Andy Ruiz Jr. +225.
- Wilder is coming off a first-round demolition job over Robert Helenius on Oct. 15.
- Ruiz has scored two UD wins in his past fights over Chris Areola and Luis Ortiz.
WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman unofficially confirmed that Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder and Andy “The Destroyer” Ruiz Jr will fight in a WBC title eliminator.
This a dream fight for many fight fans. Wilder’s back and active again, looking better than ever. Meanwhile, Ruiz is as durable as it comes and looked in excellent shape against veteran Luis Ortiz in his last outing. We review the opening Wilder vs Ruiz odds with an early betting prediction below.
Wilder vs Ruiz Odds
The oddsmakers favor Deontay Wilder over Andy Ruiz, with early odds giving “The Bronze Bomber” an implied win probability of 77.7%. If you like Ruiz’s chances of defeating Wilder, the underdog has odds of +225 (Bet $100, Net $225).
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Betting on Wilder vs Ruiz
Wilder’s first fight in over 12 months went off like fireworks, “The Bronze Bomber” made quick work of Robert Helenius, dismantling him within the first round. This was Wilder’s first time since 2019 to fight an opponent that wasn’t named Tyson Fury. After back-to-back losses, Wilder has cemented himself with a well-needed victory and is now back in the game.
Ruiz will present some challenges for Wilder as a result of Andy’s shorter height and fast hand speed. But if Wilder attempts to bomb Ruiz with the type of fight hand that he failed to knock out Helenius with, it’ll be a very long night for either or both boxers. Ruiz can remain consistently calm under pressure, after all, he was the +900 underdog that defeated Anthony Joshua.
There are many advantages in Ruiz’s favor and if he wants to maintain the speed and pressure, he will have to apply it early on Wilder and test the Bomber. If Wilder falls into the trap of trying to box with Ruiz, then it comes be Ruiz’s fight to win.
That being said, I see Wilder being patient in this one and waiting for the opening – even if that means giving up rounds to ultimately get that KO win over Ruiz.
We’ve seen Ruiz’s chin tested in the past, it’s solid but he was knocked down by an over-the-hill Chris Areola. Which will be really tested by Wilder’s devastating right hand. Wilder’s also dropped weight from his last Fury bout 238lbs to 214lbs against Helenius, a return to Wilders originally weight that got him to 40-0 before fighting Fury.
The early smart bet here is on Wilder at -350, you can likely get him to win by KO at -200 once the betting props are released for this huge heavyweight clash.
Winner to Get WBC Title Shot
The fight is to determine who’s got the next shot at the WBC heavyweight title. Whether Fury still has the WBC belt by the time the smoke clears from the Wilder-Ruiz fight is anyone’s guess; whoever holds the WBC belt will have to oppose this winner.
“In the convention, all the final eliminatory rounds that include Ruiz-Wilder will be ordered,” said WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman to Marca about Wilder-Ruiz Jr to be ordered at WBC’s next convention a week from now.
“Andy Ruiz is a boxer of great diversity; he is a brutal puncher. But the styles make the fights, ‘El Destroyer’ is much shorter than Wilder; he can be complicated.”
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