Anthony Joshua beat Andy Ruiz Jr by unanimous determination to regain his unified heavyweight world titles on Saturday evening in Saudi Arabia.
Following the Mexican-American’s gorgeous upset on June 1 in New York, the Brit activated an instantaneous rematch clause and boxed superbly from begin to end in a masterclass efficiency to win again his WBA, IBF & WBO belts.
The struggle started with the champion immediately claiming centre-ring.
Ruiz Jr fired off a number of jabs to the physique within the opening minutes whereas AJ hit again with jabs of his personal and an enormous proper hand which reduce his opponent right away.
Blood immediately began to pour from the left eye of the ‘Destroyer’, although AJ refused to hurry in and get reckless, as he did on June 1.
Initially of the second, Ruiz Jr got here ahead and began to jab Joshua, however the Brit fired again properly.
The pair then acquired in shut and clinched, the place their heads crashed into each other, leaving Joshua with an identical reduce over his left eye.
Within the third, the champion returned to his jabs to the physique and pursued his challenger up shut, however AJ remained disciplined jabbing again on the skin and avoiding his opponent’s hooks.
Joshua tied up Ruiz Jr on the within within the fourth after which rocked his head again with extra jabs from distance.
The Mexican-American continued to creep nearer and nearer and landed a strong proper hand on the finish of the spherical.
This shook AJ barely, however not sufficient to harm him and the next session was far quieter, highlighted by one single proper hand from the previous champion.
The sixth started with extra motion as Ruiz Jr landed a speedy left hook and Joshua once more fired again with the straight proper, later smashing residence a left hook of his personal.
Ruiz Jr focussed on physique pictures as soon as once more within the seventh – the spherical by which their first bout completed – however AJ once more took management and pummelled the champion with three extra notable proper palms.
Within the eighth, the ‘Destroyer’ all of a sudden seized management. Initially with physique pictures after which hooks to the pinnacle, however Joshua once more refused to have interaction and prevented critical hassle regardless of being caught with a number of lefts which knocked him backwards.
AJ boxed superbly all through the ninth and put collectively a mixture in the direction of the top of the spherical which shook Ruiz Jr.
With three rounds to go, the titles headed again to Nice Britain.
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Figuring out this, Ruiz Jr began the tenth on the entrance foot, however couldn’t assist strolling onto the disciplined Joshua’s jabs all through the session.
The identical theme continued all through the next three minutes and the champion entered the ultimate spherical realizing he wanted a knockout to retain his titles.
Nevertheless, he was unable to seek out it, because the nimble Joshua boxed at vary to keep away from catastrophe as soon as once more.
The scorecards have been learn out and declared Anthony Joshua because the two-time unified heavyweight world champion: 118-110, 118-110, 119-109.
Joshua mentioned post-fight: “Man the primary time was so good, I needed to do it twice.
“A person like me don’t make no excuses, that is about boxing. Final time I realised I damage the person and acquired caught coming in.
“I mentioned to myself I’m gonna right myself and are available once more.
“I simply needed to placed on an amazing boxing masterclass and in addition present the candy science of this beautiful sport. It’s about hitting and never getting hit.
“By no means a change in mentality, you already know the saying. Keep hungry, keep humble.
“It’s all about preparation. Careers are all about expertise. it’s nearly creating nice reminiscences.
“I took my L and got here again. Indisputably [I’d do it again].
Ruiz Jr added: “I would like the third struggle.
“It was his evening man. I didn’t put together how I ought to’ve and I gained an excessive amount of weight
“If we do the third, greatest imagine I’m gonna get within the f***ing greatest form of my life.”