Anthony Joshua won the rematch against Andy Ruiz yesterday and has his four belts (WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO) back. The undefeated WBC champion Deontay Wilder is not impressed. “Joshua was so hesitant, and he just wanted to survive.”
In Saudi Arabia, Joshua and Ruiz looked at each other in the eye last night. The Brit was keen on revenge after the Mexican provided a surprise in June by beating Joshua with a technical knockout. This time the camp, ‘Clash on the Dunes’, was a lot less spectacular. Both boxers remained standing, Joshua triumphed after twelve rounds on points.
“Joshua did what he had to do to get the win. He ran around in the ring and was on the bike all the time”, heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder told ‘The Athletic’. “It looked like Klitschko was in the ring. Joshua was so hesitant.”
“I have a completely different mentality,” Wilder continued. “I consider myself a champion and want to convince the world that I am the best. I am not the person who dances what to hold on to the opponent. Boxing is a brutal sport. I don’t show love in the ring.”
“Joshua had several chances to go for the finish. But he kept Ruiz at bay all the time. He just wanted to survive. The Klitschko method”, sighed Wilder, who is still undefeated in the boxing world. Of his 43 games as a professional boxer, Wilder won 42, including 41 on knockout. Only his fight with Tyson Fury ended undecided. Wilder never fought Joshua.