London erupts in celebration as Anthony Joshua regains heavyweight titles with classy points in Saudi Arabia
London, Dec. 7, 2019 (AltAfrica)-British-Nigerian heavyweight boxer, Anthony Joshua is the heavyweight champion of the world again. He has regained his lost title after 12 rounds of clever and well structured performance beating Andy Ruiz Jr and London is celebrating
On the night when rain and wind spat and scudded across Saudi Arabian desert, Anthony Joshua whipped up a minor storm of his own to win back his WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles from Andy Ruiz Jr.
In their first encounter in June, the Mexican-American had been able to disrupt the validity of boxing’s oldest and most indomitable laws – that a good big fighter usually beats a good smaller one – by stopping Joshua in seven. This time the tables were turned as the Briton used his eight-inch reach advantage and improved footwork to much better effect claim a wide points victory.
It was not a classic. But for the most part Joshua was able to keep the fight at distance and use his stiff left jab as a cattle prod to keep him his opponent at bay and rack up the points. At the end the judges’ scores, with two of 118-110 and one of 119-111, seemed about right.
Superb, clever, athletic, brilliant and classy performance.
Result: Anthony Joshua in Saudi Arabia wins unanimous decision 118-110. 118-110. 119-109
Many Londoners who watched the fight in local pubs are everywhere celebrating
speaking to Sky Sports: “It was his night. I didn’t prepare how I should have.
“I gained too much weight. I don’t want to give excuses, he won. He boxed me around. If we do a third fight you best believe I’m going to get in shape. I’ll be in the best shape of my life.
“I thought I was going to feel stronger. Next fight I’m going to get more prepared. I tried to train myself for this.
“I was chasing him too much. I was hesitating too much.”