Joshua defeats Ruiz Jr, regains belts in Saudi Arabia
By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Anthony Joshua has revenged his loss to Andy Ruiz Jr. earlier this year in June. With the win, he has regained his belts that he previously lost to Ruiz Jr. at Madison Square Garden in New York in one of the biggest upsets in boxing history.
Joshua won via a unanimous decision. With that, he has recaptured the WBA (Super) Heavyweight, IBF, WBO, and IBO Heavyweight titles at Diriyah Arena in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia.
The judges scored the fight 119-109, 118-110, and 118-110.
“I just wanted to put on a great boxing masterclass and also show the sweet science of this lovely sport is about hitting and not getting hit,” Joshua said, according to USA Today Sports.
In June, Ruiz Jr. — who took the fight on several weeks’ notice — knocked out Joshua for the Brit’s first loss in boxing. He also knocked down Joshua four times in their mega fight, as Joshua made his US debut.
The Imperial, California native did not look the same in this fight. Joshua was the aggressor compared to the 30-year-old, who was the aggressor in June.
This is Ruiz Jr.’s first loss since he was defeated by Joseph Parker in December 2016. He lost that fight in Spark Arena in Auckland, New Zealand for the then-vacant World Boxing Organisation World Heavyweight title.
The loss dropped him to 33-2 in his career. In 35 career bouts, Ruiz Jr. has 22 knockouts for 62.86%.
The 30-year-old Watford, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom improved to 23-1 in his boxing career with the win.
Now, with this fight over with, the fans will turn their attention to another mega fight in February between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury. The winner of that fight may potentially face Joshua down the road at some point.
The match makers previously attempted to make a deal between Joshua and Wilder. However, the Brit and his management refused to accept the deal.