The Simpsons even predicted the Anthony Joshua v Andy Ruiz Jr rematch

Andy Ruiz Jr v Anthony Joshua 2 - Clash on the Dunes, IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Title Fight

Anthony Joshua produced one of the best performances of his career to defeat Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia on Saturday night.

The 30-year-old is the heavyweight champion of the world once more following his unanimous points victory over the Mexican.

Joshua knew he could ill-afford to suffer another defeat against Ruiz, who pulled off a huge upset back in June, and he came back and produced a tactical masterclass to silence his doubters.

"I have got a long way to go,” Joshua told BBC Radio 5 Live after the fight. “It's not about me, it's about Britain. We have taken boxing to the world and I'm always here to support grassroots boxing.

“I don't want to talk too much because I have done that a lot in the past, and a big mouth is not what people respect.”

While Joshua was the bookies favourite to win the fight, the outcome was far from a foregone conclusion.

Ruiz Jr had already beaten AJ once and many fancied him to end his opponent’s career.

Andy Ruiz Jr v Anthony Joshua 2 - Clash on the Dunes, IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Title Fight

But did The Simpsons correctly predict that Joshua would be too strong for Ruiz?

As you’re probably already aware, The Simpsons boasts a remarkable track record when it comes to predicting future events.

The hugely-successful animated series correctly ‘predicted’ that Donald Trump would become the US President, the NSA spying scandal, various Super Bowls, FIFA’s corruption scandal, future technology and much more.

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There’s loads of evidence on YouTube and elsewhere on the internet and, to be honest, it’s a bit spooky.

Now, this latest ‘prediction’ is a bit more light-hearted than others.

A still from the fight between Drederick Tatum and Homer Simpson looks extremely similar to a punch that Joshua landed on Ruiz Jr.

And many people on social media were quick to make the same joke…

You have to admit, the two shots side-by-side are almost identical. Weird, huh?

The Simpsons episode in question first aired back on November 10, 1996. So the creators were 23 years ahead of their time on this occasion.

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Ruiz probably won’t be overly pleased at being compared to Homer, although he has admitted that he came into the Joshua rematch in poor shape.

“I gained too much weight,” he told reporters. “I don’t want to give excuses, he won. He boxed me around. If we do a third fight you best believe I’m going to get in shape. I’ll be in the best shape of my life.”

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