British boxer Anthony Joshua beats Andy Ruiz Jr to reclaim world heavyweight titles which he lost earlier this year to the Mexican.
The British boxer Anthony Joshua has beaten Andy Ruiz Jr on a unanimous points decision in their world heavyweight title rematch in Saudi Arabia.
Victory saw the British fighter reclaim the IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO belts he lost to his Mexican-American opponent in New York in June.
The hotly-anticipated fight on the outskirts of the capital Riyadh was threatened by delay after a rare desert rainstorm rolled in just moments before the action got under way, but it went ahead as planned and Joshua took full advantage.
The 30-year-old boxer stuck to his back-foot game plan to win the ‘Clash on the Dunes’ in Diriyah, as he resisted the urge to charge into battle with Ruiz.
Meanwhile, The judges scored the fight 118-110, 118-110, 119-109 to Joshua after 12 rounds.
Joshua triumph was greeted with roars of approval from the capacity 16,000 crowd inside the Diriyah Arena, which was constructed in just two months for the event.
Saudi Arabia, which has a poor record on human rights, had faced accusations of “sportswashing” during the build-up.