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Anthony Joshua beats Andy Ruiz Jr to reclaim world heavyweight titles | World News



Anthony Joshua has beaten Andy Ruiz Jr by unanimous decision in their world heavyweight title rematch in Riyadh.

Victory saw the British fighter reclaim the belts he lost to his Mexican-American opponent in New York in June.

The hotly-anticipated bout in Saudi Arabia was threatened by delay after a rare desert rainstorm rolled in just moments before the action got underway, but it went ahead as planned and Joshua took full advantage.

Boxing - Andy Ruiz Jr v Anthony Joshua - IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Titles - Diriyah Arena, Diriyah, Saudi Arabia - December 7, 2019. Andy Ruiz Jr in action with Anthony Joshua. Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge
Joshua won on points in a unanimous decision

Joshua, 30, stuck to his back-foot game plan to pick off a clear 118-110 (twice), 119-109 verdict, resisting the urge to charge into battle with Ruiz to secure a composed triumph.

His win was greeted with roars of approval from the capacity 16,000 crowd inside the Diriyah Arena, which was constructed in just two months for the event.

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