Anthony Joshua Takes Back Heavyweight Crown from Andy Ruiz

“Sometimes simplicity is genius. I was outclassing the champion,” Joshua said.

“I am used to knocking people out, but last time I got hurt so I gave the man his credit. I said I would correct myself again.”

Two judges gave the fight to the Briton 119-110, and the other awarded it to him 119-109.

Ruiz put on 15 pounds since the first fight to weigh in at 283 pounds (128 kilograms), making him the second heaviest boxer to fight for a title. He said he hadn’t prepared hard enough for the rematch and got “boxed around.”

“The partying got the best of me,” Ruiz said of his brief time as champion, during which he went on talk shows, had an audience with the Mexican president and bought new cars for himself and his parents.

“I didn’t prepare how I should have. I gained too much weight. I don’t want to give excuses, he won,” Ruiz said. He added: “If we do a third fight, you best believe I’m going to get in shape. I’ll be in the best shape of my life.”

Whether Joshua agrees to that remains to be seen. There is no rematch clause this time around and Ruiz, short with quick hands, is an awkward opponent.

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