Some key stats for the Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz jr fight that takes place on Saturday night in New York, for the unified world heavyweight titles
Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz Jr Tale of the Tape by JD Sports
Thanks to our friends at JD Sports we are able to provide some visual aids illustrating key stats regarding the huge Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz Jr fight, AJ’s American debut which will take place at the legendary Madison Square Garden in New York for the unified world heavyweight titles.
Let’s start our analysis of the stats with the Tale of the Tape above. The first and most obvious thing that stands out is the height (two inches) and reach (a whopping 12 inches) advantages boasted by Joshua. Ruiz may have fast hands but his feet will need to be more rapid than we have seen in the past to enable him to bypass Joshua’s excellent jab and lengthy arms to get inside, where he can make his combinations and body shots tell.
The two men may well have the same number of knockouts on their respective ledgers but AJ’s have come in far fewer fights, meaning his KO percentage is reflective of the power we have all seen him utilise. He has also made that strength tell against a higher level of opposition, separating the likes of Dillian Whyte, Wladimir Klitschko and Alexander Povetkin from their senses.
The pro experience is clearly with Ruiz Jr, but AJ did have a decorated, albeit relatively brief amateur career, culminating of course in that gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics. Ruiz has seen a variety of styles as a professional, however, and will certainly not be fazed by the scale of the task; he is a composed operator.
Let’s move to the punch stats below which highlight the number of shots thrown and landed by both Joshua and his last five opponents. Joshua defeated Povetkin, Joseph Parker, Carlos Takam, Wladimir Klitschko and Eric Molina during that spell, with only New Zealand’s then-WBO champion lasting the distance. The stats show the general superiority in both output and accuracy enjoyed by Joshua who is fast becoming a master of maintaining optimum range and dictating the pace of a fight.