Anthony Joshua is now a two-time heavyweight champion of the world after avenging his defeat to Andy Ruiz last June.
AJ proved all his doubters wrong with a unanimous decision victory in Saudi Arabia. The scorecards read 118-110, 118-110, 119-109 in Saudi Arabia on Saturday night.
Now that Joshua is back on the top of the heap, attentions are already turning to what’s next for the Watford-born star with a potential unification fight with the winner of Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury looming in late 2020.
Or, Ruiz Jr has made it perfectly clear that he would be happy to face the champion for a third time, too.
Andre Ward is a decorated former world champion himself and has become more of a pundit on the sport since hanging up his gloves.
In three tweets, Andre Ward perfectly summed the fight up form both fighters’ perspectives:
Ruiz’s weight gain was shocking to many, even given his usual stature. Joshua camp was far more disciplined and controlled and that continued through to his in-ring performance, too.
Ward overcame wars with Sergey Kovalev and Carl Forch during his legendary career, but he retired unbeaten.
For Joshua to bounce back from such a shock defeat is quite the achievement and it’s not lost on a great like Ward.