Anthony Joshua has regained the world heavyweight championship after defeating And Ruiz on Saturday, December 7, 2019, in Saudi Arabia.
After his humiliating defeat by the Mexican in June 2019, New York, Joshua came back and regained the IBF, WBA and WBO titles.
He got back his titles after two scores of 118-110 and another of 119-109. After the match, the Nigerian-born pugilist celebrated with his family and embraced Ruiz Jr.
Ruiz, on the other hand, has blamed months of partying and a lack of proper training which left him “overweight”, for his loss to Joshua.
The 30 year old who shocked the world six months earlier by defeating Anthony Joshua promised he would be “a lot better” if he gets a third fight.
“I should have trained harder. I should have listened to my team and coaches,” he said.
“For this fight I was overweight. I didn’t move how I wanted to.”
“…I don’t want to say the three months of partying or celebrating didn’t affect me, as to tell you the truth it kind of did,” Ruiz added.
“There’s no excuses. The partying got the best of me. The next fight is going to be a lot different.
“People are still doubting me. I am still a dangerous fighter to anyone in the division. At 100% I can dominate anyone in the world.
“You best believe I am going to come back and be the heavyweight champion of the world once again.”
— Sky Sports Boxing (@SkySportsBoxing) December 7, 2019