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Anthony Joshua demonstrates discipline and composure to move back on track in battle of the Big Three

Anthony Joshua demonstrates discipline and composure to move back on track in battle of the Big Three

Anthony Joshua turned a loss into a lesson in Saudi Arabia with a comprehensive and strategic victory over Andy Ruiz Jnr to reclaim the WBO, IBF, WBA and IBO heavyweight world title belts. It was absorbing, physical chess, but the discipline, desire and patience of the 30-year-old British heavyweight – still young in boxing experience – cannot

Anthony Joshua turned a loss into a lesson in Saudi Arabia with a comprehensive and strategic victory over Andy Ruiz Jnr to reclaim the WBO, IBF, WBA and IBO heavyweight world title belts. It was absorbing, physical chess, but the discipline, desire and patience of the 30-year-old British heavyweight – still young in boxing experience – cannot be doubted after this performance.

The elephant in the room – or the ring – the 20st 3lbs version of Ruiz, was dealt with in the manner Wladimir Klitschko nullified challengers for a decade as heavyweight champion: jab, jab, circle, smother.

It was highly effective, with the evidence of the Ukrainian’s advice all over the craftiness of Joshua’s footwork and repetition. In fairness, Lennox Lewis also developed the same strategy as Klitschko, later in his career, behind a booming jab. Both of those heavyweights were taught the strategy, plus the half-step back, by the late, Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward. It means that phase two of Joshua – his development – is underway and on display.

Joshua was safety-first, protected his chin, got the job done and is back on track for a stellar 2020. The victory also earned ‘AJ’, the brand and the boxer, the small fortune of £70 million. For the record, Joshua became only the fourth heavyweight in history to win the belts straight back, after Floyd Patterson (1960), Muhammad Ali (1978), and Lennox Lewis (2001).





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