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Sunday, December 8, 2019

Joshua regain WBA, WBO, IBF heavyweight world titles over Ruiz

Anthony Joshua beats Andy Ruiz Jr to regain heavyweight world titles with Points in Saudi Arabia.

After a six months a wonderful comeback, Anthony Joshua used his power with feet to regain control of the heavyweight division Ruiz 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.

Ruiz never looked close to landing a knockdown and when scores of 118-110 118-110 and 119-109 were read out, Joshua jumped up and down in the ring in celebration, just as the man who had wrecked his US debut did in June.

Anthony Joshua beats Andy Ruiz Jr to regain heavyweight world titles in Saudi Arabia.

 Joshua - AJ, 30, now joins a small cluster of men including Muhammad Ali, Lennox Lewis, Evander Holyfield, Mike Tyson and Floyd Patterson to have reclaimed the world heavyweight title.

Full Fight Card Results at Diriyah Arena, Saudi Arabia, 7 December 2019. 

Andy Ruiz Jr vs Anthony Joshua (WBA Super, IBF, WBO, IBO world heavyweight titles) – RESULT – Joshua WINS by unanimous points decision

Alexander Povetkin vs Michael Hunter (heavyweight) – RESULT – Split draw

Dillian Whyte vs Mariusz Wach (WBC interim heavyweight title – 10 rounds) RESULT – Whyte wins by decision

Hopey Price vs Swedi Mohamed (super-bantamweight – 4 rounds) RESULT – Price WINS by third round stoppage

Filip Hrgovic vs Eric Molina (WBC international heavyweight title) RESULT – Hrgovic WINS by third round stoppage

Mahammadrasul Majidov vs Tom Little (heavyweight – 8 rounds) RESULT – Majidov WINS by
second round stoppage

Majid Al Naqbi vs Ilia Beruashvili (lightweight – 4 rounds) RESULT – Al Naqbi WINS by third round stoppage

Zuhayr Al Qahtani vs Omar Dusary (WBC Middle East lightweight championship – 4 rounds) RESULT – Al Qahtani WINS by decision

What They Said: Best quotes from Saudia fight night  Joshua vs Ruiz 2 - Post-Fight conference.

 Anthony Joshua.

"I didn't want to get too carried away but it is emotional," he told the BBC.

"I'm a man that has made mistakes and when I was on a losing path in life, I matured and bounced back."

"I know I could have done more at times but sometimes simplicity is genius," he added. "That was the motto. Keep it simple as it will lead to a genius performance.

"It was outclassing a champion and proving to myself every time I step in the ring, if I prepare myself, I don't think anyone is going to beat me.

"The belts have spent some time with me, some time with Andy. I think the belts realise they want to be around my waist. I am champion until the next time I go out as champions don't live forever. All of the challengers are hungry."

"As I always say, I'm not perfect but I'm trying. Never a change in mentality. You know the saying -- stay hungry, stay humble. I'm hungry, I'm humble in defeat and I'm going to remain humble in victory."

"It's all about preparation," Joshua said. "One day when I release a book on my career, I'll talk about my experiences. Anyone can do it, life is a roller coaster. I took my L and came back. "If you heard, we are going to do it a third [fight]."

 Andy Ruiz Jr

"It was his night. I don't think I prepared how I should, I gained too much weight. But I have no excuses," Ruiz said. "But if we do a third fight, I'm going to get in the f---ing best shape of my life. I thought I was going to feel stronger and be better but next fight I'm going to be prepared. I tried to train myself for this preparation but I don't want to give no excuse. Anthony Joshua did a hell of a job.

"I think I was chasing him too much instead of cutting off the ring. I know next time I will do better. Who wants to see the next trilogy fight here in Saudi Arabia?"

Promoter Eddie Hearn: 

"He taught himself to box like that - the discipline was incredible. All the things no-one thought he possessed. That's because he's getting better. What heavyweight has a resume like him? Give him respect; he has changed the face of boxing. A great individual with a big heart.

"I have represented Anthony since he turned pro. He is a very close friend of mine. The strength he has shown is unbelievable. When was the last time we had a role model like this? We should be so proud. An absolute role model for our country."

Anthony Joshua next fight revealed? who will be his next opponent of AJ?

 Brit will be to ordered to face Oleksandr Usyk following rematch triumph

 t was already known that AJ will have a dilemma post-fight, with two mandatory challengers awaiting the winner of the rematch.

The WBO have now made it clear they’ll order their mandatory Usyk within 180 days (before June 4).
 Meanwhile, the IBF are almost certain to also to push their challenger Kubrat Pulev, who is due a shot next too.  
Therefore, AJ will likely have to choose between the two and could be forced to vacate one of his three world titles.

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