Anthony Joshua Defeats Andy Ruiz Jr To Regain World Heavyweight Title, Ruiz Calls For Third Fight

Joshua victorious by unanimous decision in Saudi Arabia and wins back IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles.

Anthony Joshua reclaimed the world heavyweight championship in Saudi Arabia on Saturday night by outclassing Andy Ruiz Jr over 12 rounds.

Joshua gained revenge for his nightmare in New York earlier this year, when he fell four times in defeat to Ruiz Jr, by winning a unanimous decision in their rematch and clawing back the IBF, WBA and WBO titles.

This time in Diriyah, in a purpose-built 15,000-seat arena, there had been a downpour in the desert but a disaster for Joshua was averted by his most disciplined and controlled performance to date.

He had to come through a torrid eighth round when Ruiz Jr landed the type of punches that won him the first fight - this time, Joshua teetered but remained upright, and eventually sauntered over the finish line.

Joshua drew blood from Ruiz Jr in the earliest exchanges - he immediately seemed far more relaxed than during the ill-fated first fight and fired a swift right hook which did the damage.

But Joshua then suffered a similar cut in the second round, above his eye, although he remained poised and unhurt.

Two scores of 118-110 and another of 119-109 meant the world titles returned to Joshua, who celebrated with his family and embraced Ruiz Jr after the decision.

Reacting after his victory Joshua said: “Shout out to the travelling fans. I'm just appreciative of the journey and for the fans that witnessed history. It's about everyone involved and I'm just humbled. I know certain people had doubts but I didn't.

“Don't ever doubt yourself. Life is a roller coaster. If you want to win at life every time, do not step in the ring. If you step in here, you are going to win and lose and that is life.

“As long as you are satisfied with yourself, no one can tell you anything. I have got along way to go.

“It's not about me it's about Britain. I used to train when I was on tag. We have taken boxing to the world and I'm always here to support grassroots boxing.”

Anthony Joshua has now  became a two-time heavyweight champion.

Meanwhile, Andy Ruiz Jr has called for a trilogy fight with Anthony Joshua after losing their rematch in Saudi Arabia on Saturday night.

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