Boxing: Anthony Joshua outclass Andy Ruiz Jr. to reclaim unified heavyweight titles in Saudi Arabia

Anthony Joshua fought a smart, tactical fight on Saturday night to bring his trio of titles back home


Anthony Joshua is the heavyweight champion of the world once more.

Having suffered one of the biggest upsets in boxing history back in June in New York City, AJ came back and regained his titles in Saudi Arabia on Saturday night by producing a boxing masterclass against Andy Ruiz in their rematch.



Six months after a stunning knockout loss, Anthony Joshua used his size and feet to regain control of the heavyweight division and put both his career and status as a global boxing superstar back on track. Joshua (23-1, 21 KOs), who came in 11 pounds lighter than his upset loss in June, outboxed Andy Ruiz Jr. in Saturday's rematch and avoided trouble to regain his WBA, WBO and IBF titles via wide unanimous decision. 

All three judges in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, by scores of 118-110 (twice) and 119-109. 


Ruiz (33-2, 22 KOs) showed plenty of heart by getting up off the canvas in their first fight to floor Joshua and become the first heavyweight champion of Mexican descent. But the robust native of Imperial, California, was never able to land more than one punch at a time after weighing in 15 pounds heavier than he did in the first fight. 

Instead of looking to slug with Ruiz, Joshua relied on his athleticism and advantages of four inches in height and eight inches in reach to keep his opponent at the end of his jab and constantly circle out of trouble. Joshua held strategically at times and responded well anytime Ruiz did land clean power shots.


Ruiz vs. Joshua 2 card, results
  • Anthony Joshua (c) def. Andy Ruiz Jr. via unanimous decision (118-110, 118-110, 119-109)
  • Michael Hunter vs. Alexander Povetkin ends in split draw (115-113, 113-115, 114-114)
  • Dillian Whyte def. Mariusz Wach via unanimous decision (98-93, 97-93, 97-93)
  • Filip Hrgovic def. Eric Molina via third-round TKO
  • Diego Pacheco def. Selemani Saidi via first-round TKO


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Boxing: Anthony Joshua outclass Andy Ruiz Jr. to reclaim unified heavyweight titles in Saudi Arabia Boxing: Anthony Joshua outclass Andy Ruiz Jr. to reclaim unified heavyweight titles in Saudi Arabia Reviewed by STREAM PREDICT on 12:42 PM Rating: 5

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