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ANTHONY JOSHUA has become a two-time world heavyweight champion.

The Watford ace downed Andy Ruiz by a wide points decision in Saudi Arabia to win back his WBA, WBO and IBF title belts.

And Joshua now wants a 2020 clash against either WBC champ Deontay Wilder or fellow Brit Tyson Fury.

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  • Jack Figg 's avatarJack Figg

  • Jack Figg 's avatarJack Figg

  • Jack Figg 's avatarJack Figg

    ANDY RUIZ JR'S dad has claimed the defeated world champion was too busy “throwing parties” to train.

    Anthony Joshua totally out-classed Ruiz in Saudi Arabia on Saturday night, winning back his WBA, IBF and WBO titles in a convincing points victory.

    The Mexican looked totally out of condition as 30-year-old Brit Joshua out-boxed him in Riyadh.

    And Ruiz Jr’s father has blasted his son for coming into the fight overweight.

    He admitted his son did not listen to either him or his trainer – and Ruiz Sr believes that the poor preparation played a major part.

    Ruiz Jr, 30, ballooned up to 20st 3lbs (283lbs), 15lbs heavier than the first fight with Joshua back in June, when he beat the Brit in seven stunning rounds.

    Ruiz Sr said that he told his son “months ago” that he was not going to be good at the weight and revealed that he was not training correctly.

    He said Ruiz Jr was getting carried away with buying cars and “throwing parties.”

    Ruiz Sr told Boxing Social: “Andy thought he was going to do good at the weight in the fight. I told him a month ago that ‘you’re not going to do good at the weight'.

    “'It’s going to be too hard, because you’re going to be tired, and you’re not going to have the movement'. He came overweight, that was the problem.

    “It was too much weight for his body. He weighed 283. Plus after he eats, he was almost 290-something.

    “There was no way he was going to do something good, so now he’s learned his lesson and now he’s going to come back.

    “All the fights that he’s done in his career, he was 255, 257, 246. The last time he fought, he was at 268, and he felt comfortable, but I told him, 'You have to lose weight', but at that time, we didn’t have enough time to lose weight.

    “That’s why he fought at that weight.”

  • Jack Figg 's avatarJack Figg

    ANTHONY JOSHUA'S performance to reclaim his heavyweight world titles from Andy Ruiz Jr was just like watching the great Muhammad Ali.

    That's the verdict of former world champ Barry McGuigan, who was impressed with AJ announcing himself as the world's best for a second time following a convincing points win on Saturday night.

    The judges were unanimous in their decision as Joshua beat an overweight Andy Ruiz Jr, producing a skilled and patient display to secure the four title belts he lost six months ago.

    And McGuigan believes his tactical display was similar to watching Ali back in his heyday.

    He told talkSPORT: “I think this could not have been better.

    “Hindsight is a great thing and we can see all of the things that we maybe speculated about.

    “But the bottom line is; the performance he put on, the versatility – we have never seen this before.

    “We saw him do a little bit of boxing in the [Joseph] Parker fight, but never move like that.

    “He was like Muhammad Ali moving around like that, moving around the ring like that.

    “His hands weren’t as low, but he was disciplined, he was tactically on point from start to finish.

    “He boxed impeccably, magnificently, and he showed us another element to him. He has moved on and advanced as a fighter, as a human being, Anthony Joshua.”

  • Jack Figg 's avatarJack Figg

  • Harry Gray 's avatarHarry Gray

    THE titles will be worth more than any paycheck, but it is fair to say Anthony Joshua's bank account gained a healthy boost on Saturday.

    Victory over Andy Ruiz Jr in his world heavyweight title rematch saw the Watford boxer pocket £52m.

    He is now among the top 10 earners of all time in boxing and the Sun can now reveal the true extent of Joshua's wealth HERE.

  • Harry Gray 's avatarHarry Gray

    “NOT the way of a champion.”

    That's the appraisal of Andy Ruiz Jr's preparation for Saturday night's heavyweight world title bout, which saw the Watford boxer reclaim his IBF, WBA and WBO belts.

    Ruiz admitted to being too heavy after the loss and accepted he had not trained as well as he should have for the blockbuster clash.

    AJ felt the approach failed to show respect for the occasion but believes Ruiz will have learned from his errors and can come back stronger.

    “I would’ve loved to have trained like Andy, but that’s not the way of a champion. Andy can say all these things but he knew he had a fight and he knew the best way to prepare,” Joshua said.

    “Unfortunately it didn’t go his way and I’m sure he can make those changes, and learning life’s lessons come in different forms and Andy’s was in the form of a loss as well [as mine].

    “He knows his mistakes, whatever they were or maybe they’re excuses, he just needs to go out there and get it right and come back again.”

  • Harry Gray 's avatarHarry Gray

    Cryptic.

  • Harry Gray 's avatarHarry Gray

    JOSHUA may have his eyes set on a clash with Deontay Wilder, but there are a number of names in the mix to be his next challenger.

    The WBO said Joshua must now face mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk.

    But a Spring mega-fight against Kubrat Pulev at Spurs' new stadium is also being lined up.

    BBC boxing, however, claim that a mouthwatering rematch against Dillian Whyte in March could be next on Joshua's agenda.

    Respected journalist Steve Bunce said: “Dillian Whyte at Wembley next year makes all the sense in the world.

    “Ukad have cleared him, Whyte and Joshua have got an old beef – that's perfect.”

  • Adam Storer 's avatarAdam Storer

    ANTHONY JOSHUA beat Andy Ruiz on Saturday night in Saudi Arabia and has been speaking on Good Morning Britain this morning.

    He said: “I believed in my team, I kept my same team that everyone told me to get rid.

    I ignored all these so-called boxing experts.

    “With all the experts telling me to not take rematch and get rid of my team, it tends to get in the way of your gut instinct. But I just trusted my gifted gut instinct.

    It was that saying: 'It was so nice, I had to do it twice'. And that is why I didn't listen to boxing experts. I am the expert.”

    Yet, his defeated opponent on Saturday blamed his loss on a three-month training camp of drinking and partying, while Joshua prepared properly for the rematch.

    He added: “I would love to have trained the way Andy trained, but that is not the way of a champion.”

    Following AJ's win over Ruiz, it is now all eyes focused on who he will fight next, with fellow Brit Tyson Fury and WBC champ Deontay Wilder among those.

    Joshua said: “I would love to make that my next fight. Whenever they are ready, I am ready. I am not a running champion. I would love to have the opportunity to fight Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder.”

  • Etienne Fermie 's avatarEtienne Fermie

    IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

    DEONTAY WILDER has ruled out a title unification fight with Anthony Joshua, saying: 'It will never happen'.

    He told The Athletic: “I don’t think we’ll ever see a unification bout.

    “We’ll never see it, and I don’t want people to get their hopes up on it because it’ll never happen.

    “They couldn’t say anything about fighting me. They couldn’t mention my name. They went around me

    “I’m too dangerous. You’ve seen what I do in the ring. I don’t play around.

    “And they know if Ruiz can get Joshua out of there, imagine. That’s why they stayed away from me.”

  • Etienne Fermie 's avatarEtienne Fermie

    ANTHONY JOSHUA has confirmed he will step back into the ring in March to defend his heavyweight belts.

    The Brit became a two-time world champ after getting revenge on Andy Ruiz Jr on Saturday six months after his shock defeat.

    AJ, 30, is likely to fight mandatory challengers Oleksandr Usyk or Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev.

    Keeping hold of all four of his belts could cause a problem for the Brit with Usyk mandatory for the WBO and Pulev for the IBF.

    Joshua told Sky Sports: “The work begins again because around March I'll be defending those titles again.

    “I'm already focusing on my next fight.

    “Anyone can get it, the resume shows that but I'll be keen to handle my mandataries because the current WBC champion is fighting with Tyson Fury so good luck to them both, that's another exciting fight for the division.

    “In the meantime, I'll handle my mandatories that I'll have to do or I want to vacate a belt and I've just worked hard to get them I don't want to give them away.

    “I'm just going to go over all my steps, all my processes, knock them down one by one and when the big boys are ready, Britain's here and waiting to become the next undisputed champion of the world.”

  • Etienne Fermie 's avatarEtienne Fermie

    A VIOLENT street brawl broke out in Newcastle just moments after Anthony Joshua beat Andy Ruiz on Saturday night.

    The group of men stopped traffic in Grainger Street as they traded punches in front of a crowd of onlookers.

    Crowds chanted AJ's name as they watched the ugly scene play out in front of them.

    Men were heard shouting “Go and get him” as buses and cars can be seen stopping as the men begin to scrap in the middle of the road.

    People online claimed the video “put Newcastle to shame” after it was shared thousands of time on Facebook.

    The police have been made aware of the footage which shows some thugs left on the floor after trading blows.

    After a while the fight fizzled out as fans continued to laugh and sing: “Oh Anthony Joshua.”

    A Northumbria Police spokesperson said officers attended after receiving a report of a fight on Bigg Market just after 10:20pm.

    The incident is believed to have moved to Grainger Street and the force added: “At the time police arrived, people were dispersing and no complaints were received.

    “No arrests were made.”

  • Etienne Fermie 's avatarEtienne Fermie

    ANTHONY JOSHUA has revealed a mystery health issue that he believes contributed to his initial defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr.

    Now the heavyweight champion of the world after downing his rival in Saturday's rematch, AJ opened up on why things went so badly in the first meeting.

    Joshua told Radio 5 Live: “I had some issue with my health which I was going through for a long time.

    “I didn't know what was wrong with me. I felt so tired and drained and thought it must be down to training.

    “In the changing room before the fight I got a bucket of ice and was putting my head in it thinking 'why do I feel so tired?'

    “The responsibilities of being world champion are difficult. All that stuff, feeling so tired, dealing with obligations.

    “Now I have energy, I haven't missed a session.”

  • Etienne Fermie 's avatarEtienne Fermie

    SHANNON BRIGGS has had his say on last night's fight.

  • Etienne Fermie 's avatarEtienne Fermie

    TYSON FURY’S coach has aimed a sly dig at Anthony Joshua in the wake of the Brit’s win over Andy Ruiz Jr.

    AJ reclaimed the titles he lost in New York six months ago with a convincing points win over the Mexican fighter in Saudi Arabia.

    Ruiz Jr failed to make an impact during the bout, admitting he partied too hard in the wake of his shock win at Madison Square Garden.

    And AJ is now looking to the future, with plenty of potential opponents in waiting.

    Fury is one of those as he prepares for a rematch with American champ Deontay Wilder.

    And the Gypsy King’s coach has already fired shots at Joshua by describing him as a “poor man’s Fury.”

    Some boxing fans did not like AJ’s approach to the Ruiz Jr rematch.

    And Fury’s head trainer Ben Davison believes his own man is still a lot better, saying: “Good performance, he added another side to his game, done what he needed to do, got the win which was the most important thing.

    “That’s exactly what he needed to employ. It was almost, not in a horrible way, but it was like a poor man’s Tyson Fury, wasn’t it?

    “That’s not in a nasty way because, you know, obviously he can’t do it to the level of Tyson but it was the tactics and he did well.

    “It was as 50-50 fight and he came out with the win, so it was a good performance.

    “It looked a big ring but listen I’m not going to say ‘oh this, oh that’ because it’s better for British boxing that Joshua won.

    “It means there’s big shows in the UK and if there’s big shows it should mean big money for prospects who are on that show.”

  • Etienne Fermie 's avatarEtienne Fermie

    TWO-TIME heavyweight champion of the world, Anthony Joshua.

  • Etienne Fermie 's avatarEtienne Fermie

    HE'S admitted it.

  • Etienne Fermie 's avatarEtienne Fermie

    MATCHROOM promoter Eddie Hearn partied until 6am with Anthony Joshua's team after the Brit reclaimed his heavyweight belts.

    Hearn looked a little worse for wear as he headed back to the villa in broad daylight after seemingly celebrating the entire night.

    Joshua, 30, boxed brilliantly against Mexican Andy Ruiz Jr to win on points six months after his shock defeat.

    Moments after learning of his win, AJ stood inside the ring clutching his belts and declared: “Hit me up on Instagram, we're gonna party tonight!”

    Hearn echoed his sentiments and added: “The future plans are celebrate and celebrate hard.

    “Joshua has won Olympic gold for Great Britain and tonight in Saudi he became two-time heavyweight champion of the world.”

    And it certainly appeared they were true to their word judging by AJ's manager Freddie Cunningham.

    He uploaded a snippet to Instagram of Hearn and a few members of the team with the clock at 6.12am.

    There was no sign of Joshua and it is unclear whether the Watford-born star managed to stay out for the long-haul.

  • Etienne Fermie 's avatarEtienne Fermie

    HERE are the punching stats from last night.

  • Joe Brophy 's avatarJoe Brophy

  • Joe Brophy 's avatarJoe Brophy

    DILLIAN WHYTE survived a doping charge, a thunderstorm and a 6ft 8in Viking, all in the space of 24hrs, to get his career back on track.

    The Brixton Body Snatcher had been fighting a UK anti-doping charge since July, that was finally thrown out late on Friday evening.

    Earlier that day the 31-year-old proved he had been comfort eating during the depressing time by weighing in at a career-high 19st 5lbs, with his belly hanging over his shorts.

    But he weathered the Diriyah downpour to survive his gut-check comeback and slug out a unanimous points win over 39-year-old Mariusz ‘The Viking’ Wach in rain-soaked Saudi Arabia.

    Whyte said: “I boxed nowhere near my standard, I came in about a stone over weight.

    “I have been through hell, I went from being a hero to being a nobody but I am as tough as old boots.”

    READ MORE HERE.

  • Joe Brophy 's avatarJoe Brophy

    TONY Bellew says Anthony Joshua is once again the best heavyweight in the world after his win over Andy Ruiz Jr on Saturday night.

    He told iFL TV after the fight: “I'm so relieved and happy.

    “Perfect, perfect. It wasn't a boring fight. Both guys coming to win, both guys got cut.

    “I think there were times in there when he felt a few shots himself, Andy Ruiz was gone a few times in my opinion.

    “He had the discipline and the mentality, even when Andy Ruiz was gone, to step back.

    “You know what, I'm gonna say it now, I'm gonna say it.

    “He's the best heavyweight in the world again. I don't care what anyone says, I don't give a s***.

    “He's the best heavyweight in the world again. Do you know why I say that?

    “Because he's shown a whole different dimension to his game tonight.

    “Mentally matured to another level.

    “He's shown that, 'You might hurt me, you might knock me down, but I've got a mentality and maturity that I can deal with it.'

    “What people don't think he's able to do, he's done that tonight.”

  • Joe Brophy 's avatarJoe Brophy

    CHRIS EUBANK JR's victory over Matt Korobov was his first since ending James DeGale's career with a unanimous decision victory in February to stretch his record to 29-2.

    He said: “2020 I want to be super active, I want to fight for the belts.

    “Now that I’ve landed, I’ve settled with the new promotional team, I feel like the ball can really get rolling in 2020.”

  • Joe Brophy 's avatarJoe Brophy

    CHRIS EUBANK JR shared his disappointment that he was unable to put on a show for his Stateside debut after his middleweight world title bout ended in less than FOUR minutes.

    He said: “I feel like I was just about to get my swagger on.

    “I hit him with a shot, and he turned around and stopped.

    “I was about to go at him, but the referee told us to stop. I guess something happened with his shoulder, I don’t know.

    “There’s nothing to take from the fight, I threw like three or four punches. I was just warming up.

    “Karma is a real thing, whatever he’s done, I don’t know, there’s a reason whatever happened happened.

    “This wasn’t my dream debut here, I wanted to get my knockout and excite the fans.”

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