Joshua takes back heavyweight titles on unanimous points decision

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Published on December 8, 2019 - Duration: 01:43s

Joshua takes back heavyweight titles on unanimous points decision

Anthony Joshua pleased with his performance after reclaiming heavyweight titles from Andy Ruiz in Saudi Arabia

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Joshua takes back heavyweight titles on unanimous points decision

RESENDING WITH CORRECTIONS TO SPELLING OF OLEKSANDR IN SECOND SOUNDBITE AND TYPOS IN ANDY RUIZ SOUNDBITE SHOWS: DIRIYAH, SAUDI ARABIA (DECEMBER 7, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

ANTHONY JOSHUA SPEAKING AT POST FIGHT NEWS CONFERENCE AFTER DEFEATING ANDY RUIZ IN HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE FIGHT 2.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) ANTHONY JOSHUA, SAYING: "I can knock people out when I want to and I can box when I want to.

So tonight was just about winning and trusting my process.

I know maybe I could have done more at times, but sometimes simplicity is genius.

And that was the motto.

It's keep it simple because it's going to lead to a genius performance.

So I was outclassing the current champion and just kind of proving to myself is that every time I step in the ring, sometimes I may take a loss.

But if I prepare myself well I don't think anyone's going to beat me." 3.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION, ANTHONY JOSHUA, SAYING: "Oleksandr Usyk, (Kubrat) Pulev, Ruiz, I don't want to mention the other guy's (Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder) name, you know who they are, but when they're ready.

You know I've fought a lot of great names on my record, and I've beaten some good names as well, and I'm looking forward to taking on more challenges.

And Andy's still on that list because I think we make for good music.

He's a good dancing partner." 4.

ANDY RUIZ SPEAKING AT POST FIGHT NEWS CONFERENCE AFTER LOSS TO JOSHUA 5.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) ANDY RUIZ SAYING: "I was slimmer, I put on the weight and it was my mistake.

You know I think I felt too confident and all that, but I think I should have trained harder and listened to my team and to my coaches.

Nobody really knows about the training that we had, but we did the best we can.

I just can't wait for the next fight.

He won one, I won one, so let's do the trilogy." STORY: Britain's Anthony Joshua beat Andy Ruiz on a unanimous points decision in Saudi Arabia to seize back the heavyweight world championship belts he lost to his Mexican-American opponent in a shock upset last June.

The 'Clash on the Dunes' in Diriyah was for the IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO titles and Joshua dictated the pace from the start with a measured approach that showed he had learned from the mistakes of the past.

Going into the 12th and final round, Ruiz needed a knockout to pull off another upset but it never came.

The judges scored the fight 118-110, 118-110 and 119-109 to the 30-year-old Briton.

(Production: David Grip)

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