Anthony Joshua is Heavyweight Champion of the World once again, ‘Good times never seemed so good’. Masterclass of a performance, confident, clinical and calmness did the magic.
Six months after a stunning knockout loss, Anthony Joshua used his size and feet to regain control of the heavyweight division 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.
All three judges in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, by scores of 118-110 (twice) and 119-109. CBS Sports also scored the fight 118-110 for Joshua, the 2012 Olympic gold medalist from Great Britain who put his seventh-round TKO loss during his U.S. debut in the rear-view mirror.
It was a beautiful display tonight, classical technique from Anthony Joshua, he kept moving on his toes, didn’t get drawn in too much inside and stayed behind Ruiz Jnr. jabs with plenty of big rights to cause the damage.
Credit to Ruiz though as he’s a dangerous opponent and lands good hard punches with those fast hands. The mexican was sincere and admitted his mistakes in preparation for the fight against Anthony Joshua, he won.
Muhammad Ali, Lennox Lewis and Floyd Patterson were the only men in history to regain the world heavyweight title in a direct rematch.
Anthony Joshua has put on the best performance of his career to become the fourth.
MORE REACTION FROM TONIGHT’S WINNER AND NEW TWO-TIME HEAVYWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION ANTHONY JOSHUA.
He said: “Shout out to the travelling fans. I’m just appreciative of the journey and for the fans that witnessed history. It’s about everyone involved and I’m just humbled. I know certain people had doubts but I didn’t.
“Don’t ever doubt yourself. Life is a roller coaster. If you want to win at life every time, do not step in the ring. If you step in here, you are going to win and lose and that is life.
“As long as you are satisfied with yourself, no one can tell you anything. I have got a long way to go.
“It’s not about me it’s about Britain. I used to train when I was on tag. We have taken boxing to the world and I’m always here to support grassroots boxing.”