Joshua dominated rematch with Ruiz.
Blog King, Mass Appeal
SAUDI ARABIA — Six months ago, Anthony Joshua (23-1, 21 KOs) suffered a gigantic upset at the hands of Andy Ruiz Jr. (33-2, 22 KOs) in New York’s Madison Square Garden. Given an opportunity to make amends, Joshua aced the exam Saturday night in a highly-anticipated rematch in front of 15,000 rain-soaked fans at Saudi Arabia’s open-air Diriyah Stadium. Speaking of exam, the British champ must’ve did his homework because the bout was never in dubiety. Joshua, the recipient of a lopsided unanimous decision, kicked ass from the outset using a tactical machination to retrieve a trifecta of heavyweight championship belts.
Strategy & loyalty! I’m not perfect but I’m trying, another defining moment for British boxing. Thank you to all my team, a night we will remember & thank you Ruiz Jr. we made history 🤜🏾🤛🏻 2X pic.twitter.com/CL0emzfbUY
— Anthony Joshua (@anthonyfjoshua) December 8, 2019
British judge Steve Gray registered a score of 119-109. Glen Feldman of the United States and Benoit Russell of Canada submitted identical tallies of 118-110 in favor of Joshua. “Last time, I hurt the man and I got caught coming in,” said an elated Joshua, 30.
“I gave that man his credit. There was no excuses. I respect Andy and his family and his trainers so much. I just wanted to put on a great boxing master class and also show the sweet science of this lovely sport. It’s about hitting and not getting hit.”
Ruiz, who was affable in defeat, blamed the pummeling on partying and poor eating habits.
“It was his night,” said the corpulent 30-year-old. “I don’t think I prepared as good as I should have. I gained too much weight but I don’t want to give no excuses. He won, he boxed me around but if we do the third, best believe I will come in the best shape of my life.”
Ruiz entered the fight weighing 283 pounds, roughly 50 more than Joshua.
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