Arab News, Riyadh
On a rainy night in Diriyah, Anthony Joshua regained his world heavyweight titles after a unanimous points decision from the judges over Andy Ruiz Jr. An epic night of boxing in Saudi Arabia comes to an end.
#UPDATE: @anthonyfjoshua pays tribute to @Andy_destroyer1 and his family after his #ClashOnTheDunes victory in #Diriyah – also thanks #SaudiArabia for hosting and his fans for traveling to the Kingdom #DiriyahSeason #RuizJoshua2https://t.co/wYDgjWnfxs pic.twitter.com/3beYb1Odtq— Arab News (@arabnews) December 7, 2019
Joshua told the media earlier this week ahead of their world heavyweight championship fight that he had been treating the task of winning back the belts he lost to Ruiz in June as a “marathon not a sprint,” and his dramatic weight loss would point to the British boxer hoping to tire out his Mexican opponent if the fight reaches the later rounds.
#ClashOnTheDunes: British boxer @anthonyfjoshua reclaims his world heavyweight title belts after a points decision over @Andy_destroyer1 at Diriyah Arena in #SaudiArabia. Read more: https://t.co/MiGCg5hTk3 pic.twitter.com/GGNmV87yeS— Arab News (@arabnews) December 8, 2019
Ruiz, however, had been claiming in the build-up to the fight that he had lost weight since his victory in New York, while questioning whether Joshua’s gain of muscle mass would allow him to take punches to the body.