The famous Nigerian boxer from the takeoff never looked back and picked smart jabs and right hands throughout inside the largely-filled Diriyah Arena, and maintained his composure for the final two rounds to secure the biggest win of his career so far.
The scores were 118-110, 118-110, 119-109 in favour of Joshua who now has his WBO, WBA, IBF, IBO Heavyweight Titles back, and with the victory, Joshua has now improved his record to 8-1 in title fights and 23-1 (21KOs) overall.
“This is boxing. I’m used to knocking guys out. Last time I hurt the man and got caught coming in. I made no excuses. I gave the man his respect.But this is hit and don’t get hit. I took my L and bounced back. I’m a warrior. We don’t quit.”
Penpushing further reports that, Ruiz, in his own comments said, “I wasn’t prepared, I gained too much weight. But no excuses. I’m gonna get in better shape and I’m gonna f*cking prepare for the third fight,”
Meanwhile, it is recalled that,in the first bout, back in June, Ruiz came in as a late replacement and dropped Joshua four times to secure a seventh-round stoppage at Madison Square Garden in New York City.