In the biggest Heavyweight fight of the decade, Anthony Joshua OBE (23-1, 21 KOs) recaptured his position as the unified World Heavyweight Champion with a masterful unanimous decision victory over Andy Ruiz Jr (33-2, 22 KOs) in a rematch that captured the world’s attention.
In front of thousands of fans at the Diriyah Arena in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Joshua exacted his revenge upon his sole conqueror Ruiz, who six months ago dethroned the undefeated kingpin in epic fashion at the Garden in New York.
Joshua pulled off the perfect game plan to return to the UK as the unified IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO World Heavyweight Champion and now two-time world heavyweight champion.
In their first meeting, defending champion AJ was outlanded by Ruiz 85 punches to his 72, but it was a very different story in the return fight, as the statistics below conclusively reveal.
Anthony Joshua: 38%
Andy Ruiz Jr: 36%
Anthony Joshua: 347 (28.9 per round)
Andy Ruiz Jr: 283 (23.6 per round)
Anthony Joshua: 131 (10.9 per round)
Andy Ruiz Jr: 101 (8.4 per round)