Anthony Joshua Revenges, Reclaims Three World Heavyweight Belts
Anthony Joshua defeated Andy Ruiz Jr to reclaim his three world heavyweight championship belts, after an unanimous decision after Round 12.
Six months after losing the belts to Ruiz, the judges unanimously adjudged Joshua winner with 118-110, 118-110 and 119-109 over Ruiz Jr and made history by winning the first world heavyweight title bout in the Middle East.
He has now reclaimed the WBA, IBF and WBO world titles from Ruiz Jr.
The fight which drew comparisons with Muhammad Ali versus George Foreman’s Rumble in the Jungle in Zaire in 1974, was held in the purpose-built 15,000 stadium in Diriyah arena in Saudi Arabia.
The 30-year old is now the 4th deposed world heavyweight champion to win an immediate rematch in 127-year history of the category — 11th fighter to have attempted it.
The Briton came after after Floyd Patterson Vs Ingemar Johansson in 1960, Muhammad Ali Vs Leon Spinks in 1978 and Lennox Lewis Vs Hasim Rahman in 2001.