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  • Looking at the Heavyweight Calendar (Odds Review)

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    By Miguel Iturrate

    This past Saturday night saw Deontay Wilder's WBC world heavyweight title defense against Dominic Breazeale go down on Showtime. The fight lasted just 137 seconds as Wilder floored Breazeale with a cannonball of a right hand to end the night early.

    With Wilder out of the way, Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz Jr is up next. They meet June 1st at Madison Square Garden. Two weeks later, on the 15th of June, ESPN+ will deliver Tyson Fury vs Tom Schwarz, so fight fans will get a look at all three members of the "Big Three" all in a month's time.

    Wilder's erasure of Breazeale this past weekend sent a message to the rest of the division as well as giving him a highlight reel to show during upcoming negotiations. Wilder entered a strong -1000 favorite at the sportsbooks for this fight.

    Check out our pre-fight review of the Wilder vs Breazeale odds right here at TSS -

    http://tss.ib.tv/boxing/featured-art...le-odds-review

    Looking forward, the odds posted for Joshua and Fury's upcoming tussles are even less competitive. Let's take a look at what the books are giving us as we await the two big Brits fighting in the USA.

    Madison Square Garden - New York City - Saturday, June 1, 2019

    Heavyweight 12 rounds -

    Andy Ruiz Jr +1500 Over 6½ +100

    Anthony Joshua -3000 Under 6½ -130

    Ruiz Jr is 32-1 overall with his lone loss coming at the hands of Joseph Parker in a failed WBO world title bid. That same WBO belt is now in the hands of Joshua as are the WBA and IBF belts.

    Joshua was a big favorite over Jarrell Miller, his original opponent, who was denied a license in New York after testing positive for a buffet of steroids. Ruiz Jr took the fight with less than a full training camp, but you have to believe that he is going to come in highly motivated. Ruiz Jr has been caught at a different type of buffet, the all-you-can-eat kind, but even when in the best of shape his body type isn't "poster boy material." Miller was big and bulky as well, but he was a near 300 pounder whereas Ruiz Jr will come in between 250 and 260 pounds, which is right around Joshua's size. Rather than slaying a 300-pound giant, he is facing a guy who is shorter and fatter than him, making it very hard for Joshua to look great on paper.

    At +1500 will people bite on Ruiz Jr? He is more experienced than Miller and he is probably a better fighter overall and though he is facing a formidable champion, Joshua is not a finished product. Perhaps Joshua will be chasing an early finish, feeling the pressure of Wilder's performance, and if so will he make a mistake that Ruiz can exploit? We are roughly 10 days from finding out.

    MGM Grand Garden - Las Vegas, Nevada - Saturday, June 15, 2019

    Heavyweight 12 rounds -

    Tom Schwarz +1800 Over 9½ -105

    Tyson Fury -3600 Under 9½ -125

    Tyson Fury closes out the run of top heavyweights with a very deliberately chosen showcase fight against Tom Schwarz. Schwarz is 24 years old and 24-0 but he is a fighter who has come up on the regional German scene and as the old boxing cliche goes, there are levels to this game.

    Former contender David Haye mounted a 2016 comeback, booking fights against Mark De Mori (30-1-2) and Arnold Gjergjaj (29-0). It took Haye precisely 6:42 to dispose of both of them, and though Fury is a completely different beast than Haye, the level difference between he and Schwarz may be even as striking.

    Wilder has gotten through his "challenge" and if Fury and Joshua also emerge as winners as expected, it will leave several open questions -

    - Will Fury vs Wilder 2 happen first, or will Wilder vs Joshua go down first? Could Joshua and Fury meet and freeze Wilder out?

    And….

    - Will we see any of these fights take place in 2019?

    If Joshua or Fury stumble, it will only add to the chaos in the heavyweight division. But if the professional oddsmakers know anything, it isn't likely to happen.

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