So, six months on from Anthony Joshua’s humiliating demise at the hands of a relatively unknown in Andy Ruiz Jr, it was finally time for an opportunity at redemption for AJ.
In the lead up to this fight, Joshua vowed not to get bitten twice, and claimed that, rather than changing his whole training camp process, he merely wanted to add to what he already had, allowing him a wider plethora of tools to utilise against a rather awkward opponent in Ruiz Jr.
Since their last bout, Ruiz had piled on the pounds – lugging around a hefty 20st 3lbs; whereas Joshua was quite the opposite, having dropped around 13lbs since their last fight – meaning he was able to dance, stick and jab in which he did so effectively throughout the 12-round bout.
The rematch went the distance and Ruiz only seemed to threaten Joshua from their close range battles which Ruiz would relish; AJ showcased the sweet science of boxing by keeping his distance and picking out the perfect times to strike.
With an early cut to Ruiz’s eye inside the first round, AJ never looked back.
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It was a different and much more composed AJ than we're used to seeing in his previous fights; he showcased his ability to waver the pressure storm and really express the talent that he possesses.
The victory in Saudi Arabia puts him in company with an elite class of men including the likes of Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis, all to have reclaimed the world heavyweight title.
On the contrary to an emphatic win and a regain of the WBO, WBA and IBF title belts, it seems as though not all fans are convinced and still believe Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury get the W over AJ should they ever meet in the ring.
At the end of rematch, in a post-fight interview, Ruiz asked the public if they wanted to see a trilogy fight between him and AJ, however, the general consensus was that it wasn’t of real interest to boxing fans – they feel it’s now time Joshua goes toe-to-toe with the big boys of the heavyweight division and once and for all put to bed any doubters and critics he has.
The obvious choice would be Wilder in a unification fight to become the first undisputed world heavyweight champion since Lewis.
It is truly a mega-fight fans would go crazy for; it seems like the more pertinent question is… WHEN?News Now - Sport News