Joshua Regains Heavyweight Titles

Six months ago, Anthony Joshua was left stunned and heartbroken when Andy Ruiz Jr. stormed through him in upset fashion in their first heavyweight championship in New York. Now, he’s gained his revenge.

Joshua defeated Ruiz by decision in the main event of a Matchroom Boxing card in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on December 7 to once again become the unified WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion.

From the very beginning, Joshua employed a strategy of sticking and moving, using his better footwork and lighter weight to move around the ring and avoid Ruiz’s attacks while picking his spots.

Joshua cut Ruiz around his eye late in the opening round, but by the end of the second, both men were sporting cuts. After both men traded in the third, Joshua managed to hold Ruiz at bay over the next couple of rounds, though Ruiz did land some strong shots in the clinch.

As the halfway point of the fight came and past, it became more and more clear Joshua’s in-and-out attack was too much for Ruiz — and perhaps so was the 15 extra pounds Ruiz was carrying from the weigh-ins. Ruiz came back with a strong, aggressive attack in the eighth round, but one round later, Joshua’s footwork and speed caused Ruiz to stop chasing him down and see if Joshua would come to him.

Ultimately, Joshua’s strategy paid off as he took all three judges’ scorecards — 118-110, 118-110, 119-109.

The rest of the card also featured Alexander Povetkin and Michael Hunter trading and rocking one another to a split draw, while Dillian Whyte defeated Mariusz Wach — though ultimately in disappointing fashion.

Filip Hrgovic scored a third-round knockout of veteran Eric Molina, while Mahammadrasul Majidov made quick work of Tom Little.

Ruiz vs. Joshua 2 Live Results

The night also saw two four-round swing bouts, featuring Diego Pacheco knocking out Selemani Saidi in just over 90 seconds in super middleweight action and Hopey Price finishing Swedi Mohamed in a super bantamweight bout.

Unified WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight championship: Anthony Joshua def. (c.) Andy Ruiz Jr. via unanimous decision (118-110, 118-110, 119-109)
Diego Pacheco def. Selemani Saidi via KO (Rd. 1, 1:38)
Alexander Povetkin vs. Michael Hunter goes to a split draw (115-113, 113-115, 114-114)
Dillian Whyte def. Mariusz Wach via unanimous decision (98-93, 97-93, 97-93)
Hopey Price def. Swedi Mohamed via TKO (Rd. 3, 2:22)
Filip Hrgovic def. Eric Molina via KO (Rd. 3, 2:03)
Mahammadrasul Majidov def. Tom Little via TKO (Rd. 2, 1:49)

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