Six months after a stunning knockout loss, Anthony Joshua used his size and feet to regain control of the heavyweight division and put both his career and status as a global boxing superstar back on track. Joshua (23-1, 21 KOs), who came in 11 pounds lighter than his upset loss in June, outboxed Andy Ruiz Jr. in Saturday’s rematch and avoided trouble to regain his WBA, WBO and IBF titles via wide unanimous decision.
All three judges in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, by scores of 118-110 (twice) and 119-109. CBS Sports also scored the fight 118-110 for Joshua, the 2012 Olympic gold medalist from Great Britain who put his seventh-round TKO loss during his U.S. debut in the rearview mirror.
Ruiz vs. Joshua 2 card, results
Anthony Joshua (c) def. Andy Ruiz Jr. via unanimous decision (118-110, 118-110, 119-109)
Michael Hunter vs. Alexander Povetkin ends in split draw (115-113, 113-115, 114-114)
Dillian Whyte def. Mariusz Wach via unanimous decision (98-93, 97-93, 97-93)
Filip Hrgovic def. Eric Molina via third-round TKO
Diego Pacheco def. Selemani Saidi via first-round TKO