Anthony Joshua beats Andy Ruiz Jr in a rematch to reclaim his belts

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Anthony Joshua reclaimed the world heavyweight championship in Saudi Arabia on Saturday night by outclassing Andy Ruiz Jr over 12 rounds.

Joshua gained revenge for his nightmare in New York earlier this year, when he fell four times in defeat to Ruiz Jr, by winning a unanimous decision in their rematch and clawing back the IBF, WBA and WBO titles.

This time in Diriyah, in a purpose-built 15,000-seat arena, there had been a downpour in the desert but a disaster for Joshua was averted by his most disciplined and controlled performance to date.

He had to come through a torrid eighth round when Ruiz Jr landed the type of punches that won him the first fight - this time, Joshua teetered but remained upright, and eventually sauntered over the finish line.

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