England’s boxing star Anthony Joshua beat Andy Ruiz Saturday night in Saudi Arabia to reclaim the WBA, IBF and WBO titles he lost by TKO in June.
While Ruiz found success in the clinches, Joshua earned points with his jab throughout the 12 rounds, keeping the heavy-hitting Ruiz at a distance to win decisively on all three of the judges’ scorecards – 119-109, 118-110 and 118-110. Joshua’s unanimous victory enabled him to avenge the only loss of his 24 professional fights.
Joshua took to social media following the victory, declaring on Instagram, “My hope is that someone sees my page and decides not to give up. Clean hearts win.” Joshua now has the option to challenge the winner of the Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury rematch, that will take place in February 2020 or take on the now 33-2 Andy Ruiz in a trilogy.