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Anthony Joshua LIVE REACTION: AJ beats Ruiz by unanimous points victory – who is next for the two-time champ?


ANTHONY JOSHUA defeated Andy Ruiz to win back his world heavyweight titles.

The streamlined Joshua boxed magnificently to prevail by a unanimous points decision in Saudi Arabia.

Follow ALL of the latest reaction from Riyadh below...

  • John Hutchinson 's avatarJohn Hutchinson33 seconds ago8th December 2019


    Looking ahead to the future, Joshua told BBC Sport: “What can I say? I have been speaking about these guys a long time.

    “You see this time, when I had the opportunity to just focus solely on Andy, my head is in the right place. When Wilder, Fury, Ortiz and Usyk are really ready, they will make the call.

    “Until then, I respect them. I won’t continue to call them out.

    “I am making my own lane and if they want to be a part of that, they will call.

    “Ruiz did it and created a legacy. If those guys want to do it, they can create a legacy too. Look at all I have done, come on. When I call them out and do all of that, I lose focus.”

  • John Hutchinson 's avatarJohn Hutchinson15 minutes ago8th December 2019

    Or will it be the trilogy fight against ANDY RUIZ JR?

    Before Joshua avenged his defeat against Ruiz he actually promised the Mexican-American a trilogy bout.

    And after surrendering the unified belts in Saudi the beaten champion straight away called for a decider.

    Joshua implemented the perfect gameplan to outpoint Ruiz and would take that confidence and form into a third fight.

    The Brit will likely fancy ending the rivalry with a deciding victory, but the shut-out points win may leave fans demanding a new foe for the 2012 Olympic gold medalist.

  • John Hutchinson 's avatarJohn Hutchinson31 minutes ago8th December 2019

    Next up is TYSON FURY

    Despite currently not owning a version of the world title, a win for Fury against Wilder next year could pave the way for a mammoth all-British unification fight.

    The WBA, IBF and WBO belts AJ won back against Ruiz are the three titles the Gyspy King was stripped off or relinquished.

    A fact Fury will not let Joshua forget, AJ could defend his straps against his English rival to finally end the debate of who the belts rightfully belong to.

    The clash in personalities or styles between the nation's biggest boxers makes for a thrilling blockbuster showdown both are desperate to finally agree.

  • John Hutchinson 's avatarJohn Hutchinson51 minutes ago8th December 2019

    Then it's DEONTAY WILDER

    Before AJ was embarrassed on his US debut in New York, he spent a year squabbling in the negotiation room with WBC champ Wilder.

    But having regained his three belts, the Londoner can again look to the Bronze Bomber in a bid to have all the belts on the line in an undisputed clash.

    Despite having two mandatories already lined up, the governing bodies would give

    Joshua a pass he was to secure a unification bout.

    Wilder, though, is set to rematch AJ’s domestic rival Fury in February – a fight that could alter who Joshua chases next.

    AJ is keen to settle the score and debate with the heavy-hitter from Alabama, but should Fury win, the belts could tempt him the way of the Gypsy King.

  • John Hutchinson 's avatarJohn Hutchinson1 hour ago8th December 2019

    Next up is KUBRAT PULEV

    In an almost identical scenario the IBF have named Pulev as mandatory for Joshua’s belt.

    The Bulgarian – who pulled out of fighting AJ in 2017 – became the governing bodies No1 challenger last year after beating Hughie Fury.

    Three fights later, and having been suspended after kissing a female reporter, Pulev now has claim to again be next for Joshua.

    The unified champion could be forced to pick between a super-fight with Usyk, or potentially easier defence against his 38-year-old IBF mandatory.

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