3 WBO Andy Ruiz Jr. (29-0, 19 KOs) may not be body beautiful, but he’s got a heck of a good chance of beating undefeated Joseph Parker (21-0, 18 KOs) this Saturday night to take the vacant WBO heavyweight title at the Vector Arena in Auckland, New Zealand. Ruiz Jr. is seen as the underdog in this fight, but I believe the 27-year-old has the tools to get the job done by beating the 24-year-old Parker in front of his own boxing fans.
We’ve already heard the sparring stories of how Ruiz Jr. busted Parker’s lip in sparring in the past. That wasn’t the real thing. On Saturday night, Ruiz Jr. will have his puncher’s gloves on, and he’s going to be looking to knock his lights out in front of Parker’s loyal boxing fans.
Here’s what makes Ruiz Jr. the winner over Parker on Saturday night:
– Ruiz Jr. has the superior offensive skills. His jab, right hand and left hook are clearly better than Parker’s. Ruiz Jr. also has the superior hand speed. To look at Ruiz Jr. standing in the ring, he doesn’t look like he would have any speed due to him carrying around a lot of excess weight. But fat doesn’t slow fighters down when it comes to hand speed. It might slow them down in terms of ring movement and overall stamina, but it doesn’t always slow them down when it comes to hand speed.
– Chin: Ruiz Jr. has the better chin of the two in my view. I’ve seen Parker hurt before on a number of occasions in his fights. That’s perhaps why the 6’4” Parker is always on his bike. He’s got to have some fear about getting hit, because if he believed in his chin, he’d stand his ground and fight like Ruiz Jr. does. I’ve never seen Ruiz Jr. hurt in a fight, never. I don’t think he’s going to get hurt on Saturday either.
– Head movement – Ruiz Jr. has the better head movement of the two. He moves his head a lot better than Parker. That’s a product of good training, because Parker should be able to move his head, but he doesn’t.
We don’t know how well Ruiz Jr. can handle getting hit to the body. Most of his opponents don’t even try to attack him to the midsection, because it leaves them open to his devastating left hook and short right hand. It’ll be interesting to see if Parker attempts to throw some shots to the body of Ruiz Jr. on Saturday night. My guess is Parker might try once or twice to land a body shot, but once he gets nailed by Ruiz Jr. with something big, he won’t bother doing that again.