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Odds: Anthony Joshua remains betting favorite in rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr

Anthony Joshua suffered a shock defeat six months ago, but the oddsmakers still have him favored to beat Andy Ruiz Jr this time around.

Weigh-in ceremony ahead of Ruiz vs Joshua Photo by Valery Sharifulin\TASS via Getty Images
Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

We’ve got plenty of big fights on tap today and tonight, headlined of course by the Andy Ruiz Jr vs Anthony Joshua rematch in Saudi Arabia.

Here’s a look at the odds.

(Odds are taken from the mean odds at, which has listings for various sportsbooks)

Diriyah, Saudi Arabia (DAZN, 12 pm ET)

Anthony Joshua lost a shocker on June 1 against Andy Ruiz Jr, but as soon as the lines opened for a rematch, Joshua was the favorite, and he remains so hours ahead of the bout.

The lines, however, have tightened a good bit. Joshua opened around -357, and is now down to about -229, while Ruiz has gone from +250 to +186. Still, there appears to be late money on Joshua after Friday’s weigh-in, where Joshua was lean and trim at 237 and Ruiz came in heavier than he’s been in a decade at 283.

Also on the card:

  • Michael Hunter -253 vs Alexander Povetkin +201
  • Dillian Whyte -3957 vs Mariusz Wach +1463
  • Filip Hrgovic -3582 vs Eric Molina +1367
  • Mahammadrasul Majidov -5659 vs Tom Little +1579
  • Hopey Price -8826 vs Swedi Mohamed +2046

Brooklyn, New York (SHO, 9 pm ET)

Over in Brooklyn, Jermall Charlo is a big favorite to retain his WBC middleweight title against Dennis Hogan, whose claim to fame is narrowly losing a controversial decision to Jaime Munguia at 154 pounds earlier this year.

Charlo has gone from -833 at the start to -1665 now, with Hogan swinging from a +450 open to +870 at this writing. The underdog has become the even bigger underdog; it looks like not many are buying Hogan’s chances at proving again that he can fight at this level.

Also on the card:

  • Chris Eubank Jr -254 vs Matt Korobov +198
  • Marlon Tapales -267 vs Ryosuke Iwasa +208
  • Immanuwel Aleem -232 vs Ronald Ellis +186

Puebla, Mexico (ESPN+, 9 pm ET)

Much like the Showtime main event, the ESPN+ headliner (and its co-feature) are expected to be successful title defenses, with the underdogs given little hope.

122-pound titleholder Emanuel Navarrete is currently at -3406, which is not far from where he opened at -3333, with opponent Francisco Horta going from +900 at the open to +1333 this morning.

Super flyweight titleholder Jerwin Ancajas is at -2251, having opened at -2000, for his defense against Miguel Gonzalez, who is at +1039 after a +750 open.

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