Anthony Joshua has returned to the boxing throne in the heavyweight division. The 30-year-old from Watford near London won the revenge fight against Andy Ruiz (USA) unanimously on points and is again champion of the WBA, IBF and WBO and the smaller association IBO.Ruiz had the first duel in early June surprisingly for themselves decided. The boxer with the Wampe had in New York by technical K.o. won in the seventh round. The successful comeback Joshua celebrated the 23rd victory in the 24th professional fight, for Ruiz it was the second defeat in the 35th Fight.
"I did not mean to make excuses, I knocked people out earlier, but I wanted to show that I can box well," Joshua said, "I'm hungry and modest, and thank Andy Ruiz and his family." Joshua had apparently learned his lessons from the painful bankruptcy in New York. The Brit took advantage of his range advantage from the start and kept the defending champion at a distance. Joshua moved well and landed first goals, Ruiz, however, could barely get close enough to the challenger. Already after the first round, there was a cut on Ruiz's eye. The American resisted, but struggled one-dimensionally. The combinations that he had shown in the first fight were far too rare at first. As soon as he got to Joshua, the Brit clipped and did not go for a wild fight. Already in the first round, Ruiz scored a cut on the eighth round, but Ruiz also scored some goals. Well aware that he could no longer win the fight over the points, he increased the risk and sought the knock-out. But Joshua kept the control and kept the much smaller Ruiz as far as possible. The fight took place in the Saudi Arabian city Diriyya. Around 100 million dollars (90 million euros) Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman should have been worth the spectacle in the desert ("Clash on the Dunes"). With the fight, Saudi rulers wanted to seize the opportunity to "whitewash their badly battered image of the sport," Amnesty International said. Joshua, in particular, apparently benefited from Saudi Arabian funds. The Olympic champion of 2012 is said to have received for the fight a stock exchange of about 60 million US dollars (55 million euros), the not so popular Ruiz, however, apparently has to make do with a single-digit million. Joshua had become world champion in April 2017, when he had dethroned in front of 90,000 spectators at Wembley Stadium Wladimir Klitschko (Ukraine). The Briton won the fight by technical K.o. in the 11th round, ending the career of the younger of the two Klitschko brothers.