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Joshua Vs Ruiz Jr Result: Anthony Joshua Wins On Points To Reclaim World Titles

Joshua Vs Ruiz Jr Result: Anthony Joshua Wins On Points To Reclaim World Titles

Anthony Joshua avenged his defeat by Andy Ruiz Jr with a brilliant boxing display to become world heavyweight champion for the second time.

AJ boxed his way to a unanimous points victory to reclaim the WBA, IBF and WBO world heavyweight titles he lost in shocking style in June.

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The Watford man was given a 118-110, 118-110 and 119-109 victory by the judges as be avenged the only defeat of his career.

Anthony Joshua lands on Andy Ruiz Jr during their clash in Saudi Arabia
Anthony Joshua lands on Andy Ruiz Jr during their clash in Saudi Arabia
Anthony Joshua gave up over three stone to his opponent
Anthony Joshua gave up over three stone to his opponent
Andy Ruiz Jr was cut above the eye in the first round
Andy Ruiz Jr was cut above the eye in the first round
Anthony Joshua reclaimed the WBA, IBF and WBO belts he lost to Andy Ruiz Jr in June
Anthony Joshua reclaimed the WBA, IBF and WBO belts he lost to Andy Ruiz Jr in June
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A leaner, slimmer Joshua gave up over three stone to his opponent but looked slick and fast as he stuck to his brilliant game plan.

He rocked Ruiz Jr with a massive right hand at the end of the first round that cut Ruiz Jr above his left eye.

AJ picked up a cut above his eye from a clash of heads in the second round, but continued to land big shots on a heavier and slower Ruiz Jr.

Joshua boxed cleverly off the back foot and tried to stay away from engaging with his opponent at close range.

He was tagged a couple of times by the 20st 3lbs power puncher in the middle rounds, but responded a lot better than when he was caught in New York in June and hit the canvas.

Canelo Alvarez was among the stars watching from ringside in Saudi Arabia
Canelo Alvarez was among the stars watching from ringside in Saudi Arabia
Boxing fans were forced to shelter from the rain in Saudi Arabia
Boxing fans were forced to shelter from the rain in Saudi Arabia

AJ landed plenty of big shots on Ruiz Jr, but the champion continued to march forward towards his man until the final bell.

Joshua stuck to the game plan and boxed off the back foot until the end of the 12th round, and claimed a unanimous points win to put himself back on top of the world.

He said: "This is about boxing, I'm used to knocking guys out but last time I realised I hit the man and got caught coming in. This time I gave the man credit.

I respect Andy and his family, I just wanted to put on a great boxing masterclass and show the sweet science of this sport its about hitting and not getting hit."

Topics: Andy Ruiz Jr, Anthony Joshua, Boxing

Sunni Upal

Sunni Upal is editor at SPORTbible

 

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