Redemption for Anthony Joshua in Saudi Arabia as he defeats Andy Ruiz on points
Britain's Anthony Joshua reclaimed his world heavyweight crown from Andy Ruiz in Saudi Arabia in a much publicised rematch. Joshua looked to be in complete command as he scored a unanimous points victory over the Mexican-American.
It was redemption for Joshua who lost the first match between the two in a brutal knock out at Madison Square Garden. The Briton had been undefeated in his career before his surprise defeat to massive underdog Mexsican Ruiz Jr at Madison Square Garden - which also happened to be his first major fight outside the UK.
British star suffered four knockdowns and a seventh-round TKO at Madison Square Garden. Ruiz's win was arguably one of the biggest upsets the world of boxing has seen this year.
"I'm used to knocking guys out and last time, I realised that I hurt the man but I got caught coming in," said Joshua, who improved to 23-1, 21 by knockout.
"No excuses, but I said to myself I'm going to correct it and come again.
"I just wanted to put on a great boxing masterclass tonight and also show the sweet science of this lovely sport," Joshua added. "It's about hitting and not getting hit."
Ruiz in a post match press conference claimed that three months of partying affected his performance.
Andy Ruiz Jr apologises to his trainer Manny Robles and claims three months of partying affected him at the post-fight press conference. Robles responds by apologising back to him and vowing that he won't desert him now he's lost the Anthony Joshua rematch… pic.twitter.com/rf6mBDBgOE— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) December 8, 2019
The match was held in a 15,000-seater stadium in Diriyah, near the capital Riyadh, and it was the first time a world heavyweight title fight has been staged in Saudi Arabia.
The world has witnessed our ambition as hosts. A new chapter has been written. Another awaits. Congratulations to Anthony Joshua and Hardluck to Andy Ruiz. A massive thank you to the fans, the media and everyone who contributed in this historic night. #bepartofhistory pic.twitter.com/BicWRW1JpF— (@AbdulazizTF) December 7, 2019
We'll soon see Joshua fight Oleksandr Usyk ti defend his titles sometime before June 4, 2020.