Published: Mon, December 09, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Joshua beats Ruiz to reclaim heavyweight title

Joshua beats Ruiz to reclaim heavyweight title

'London's calling, ' said Joshua as he reviewed his extended options now that he is enshrined as a two-time world heavyweight champion. I can't want it more than him.

It remains hard to shake the thought that Joshua might have been better briefed in his public comments on the regime, which at times have gone beyond the acceptance of hospitality and extended to his observations of a happy population and a country trying to do a "good job politically".

After my check-ups it showed what the problem was and this is what you have to get sorted. He admitted his defeat with Joshua.

'The belts can be your best friend or your worst enemy, it depends on you as a person, ' added Joshua. I don't know what their mentality is, but I didn't become champion of the world just to say "Put me in the record books". It's not all fun.

Usyk could be made to wait for his guaranteed WBO title fight as the IBF have suggested their mandatory must come first for Joshua and fellow Brit Derek Chisora has been holding talks over a fight with the Olympic gold medallist.

Saturday's victory at the Diriyah Arena tallies Joshua's 23rd win out of 24 fights. It was not blood and guts, but it was bloody brilliant. "And they know if Ruiz can get Joshua out of there, imagine [what I could do]. that's why they stayed away from me".

'They spent some time with Andy, some time with me and they were dying to come back to Daddy!' Asked who he would ideally like to face next, Joshua replied: 'The guy with the belt.

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The heavyweight division is in need of the prestige which one name would bring. The concurrent tale to this fight has been centred on the complex issue of human rights and the acceptance of vast riches in order to come to Saudi Arabia. "Tottenham Hotspur is a nice new stadium for a United Kingdom fight".

Think a knockout artist like Deontay Wilder was impressed with Anthony Joshua's jab fest, boxing clinic against Andy Ruiz Jr. on Saturday?

Six months ago, Andy Ruiz Jr shocked the world after beating Joshua, but in the rematch, it was all about the British boxer as Johsua beat his opponent from the USA with unanimous 118-110, 118-110 and 119-109 score decisions.

The 27-year-old has since beaten American Alexander Flores and Australian Alex Leapai but said a second bout with Ruiz was unlikely. I want to do my small part to keep British boxing alive. I said I would correct myself again.

"I realise that chasing that fight wasn't playing into my benefit". No excuses, though. AJ did his thing and then got the victory.

"I've never really taken my training in New Zealand seriously until the last half of the year". Tonight, in Saudi Arabia, he becomes the two-time heavyweight champion of the world and that is lovely. "I got him a few times".

Ruiz, 30, claimed there would be a third, deciding, match between the pair, although Joshua may disagree as he is likely to have pressing business elsewhere first.

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