Anthony Joshua defeats Andy Ruiz Jr. in rematch to regain heavyweight titles
Andy Ruiz Jr. and Anthony Joshua squared off for the second time on December 8 (AEDT) in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. The scheduled for twelve rounds contest featured the defending heavyweight champion from the US up against the former titleholder from the UK in the championship rematch. The unified WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO titles were on the line.
The encounter went a full distance. The verdict heard a unanimous decision in favor of Anthony Joshua, who regained the titles. In addition he updated his record to 23-1, 21 KO. Andy Ruiz Jr. dropped to 33-2, 22 KO.
Their first encounter early June at Madison Square Garden in New York City ended in favor of Ruiz, who won the bout and claimed the belts via seventh round TKO. The trilogy fight might be happening in 2020.
The Ruiz vs Joshua 2 championship bout headlined the fight card billed as “Clash on the Dunes”. Among other matchups Alexander Povetkin and Michael Hunter battled it out into a split draw. Filip Hrgovic stopped Eric Molina in the third round and retained his WBC international heavyweight title for the third time. Diego Pacheco KO’d Selemani Saidi in the first round.
Clash on the Dunes results
Anthony Joshua def. Andy Ruiz Jr. by unanimous decision (119-109, 118-110, 118-110).
Diego Pacheco def. Selemani Saidi by KO (R1 at 1:38).
Alexander Povetkin vs. Michael Hunter – split draw (115-113, 113-115, 114-114).
Dillian Whyte def. Mariusz Wach by unanimous decision (98-93, 97-93, 97-93).
Hopey Price def. Swedi Mohamed by KO (R3 at 2:22).
Filip Hrgovic def. Eric Molina by KO (R3 at 2:03).
Mahammadrasul Majidov def. Tom Little by TKO (R2 at 1:49).