Anthony Joshua beats Andy Ruiz to reclaim world heavyweight titles
ANTHONY Joshua has regained his heavyweight boxing titles after going the distance with Andy Ruiz and winning by unanimous decision, as the judges scored it 118-110, 118-110 and 119-109.
With the victory, Britain’s Anthony Joshua reclaimed the IBF, WBA and WBO World Heavyweight titles, which he lost to Ruiz in June, at the Madison Square Garden in what was regarded then as the biggest in the history of the sport, even more than Buster Douglas beating Mike Tyson in 1989.
At the Diriyah Arena in Saudi Arabia, Saturday night, Joshua tactically held Ruiz at bay, denying space and in a disciplined performance as his opponent barely troubled him.
Going into the fight, Joshua shed 11lbs for the fight, looking for agility and speed over power. And it was that lightness on his feet that won the day.
Ruiz, who came into the fight at 20stones 31Ibs, 15lbs heavier than from his last fight, when he weighed 19st 2lbs (268lbs) admitted that he was too heavy for the fight. “I was chasing him too much, hesitating too much,” he says.
In victory, Joshua thanked God, saying, “I want to say, man, the first time was so nice, I had to do it twice. A man like me don’t make no excuses, I’m used to knocking out guys. I said to myself I was going to correct myself. The sweet science of this sport is hitting and not getting caught. I’m hungry and I’m humble. Thank you to Andrew Ruiz and his family.”