Anthony Joshua goes the distance to win world titles back from Andy Ruiz Jr

• British boxer wins on points after much-improved performance• Two judges scored fight 118-110 for Joshua, third called it 119-109On the night when rain and wind spat and scudded across Saudi Arabian desert, Anthony Joshua whipped up a minor...

Anthony Joshua goes the distance to win world titles back from Andy Ruiz Jr
• British boxer wins on points after much-improved performance
• Two judges scored fight 118-110 for Joshua, third called it 119-109

On the night when rain and wind spat and scudded across Saudi Arabian desert, Anthony Joshua whipped up a minor storm of his own to win back his WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles from Andy Ruiz Jr.

In their first encounter in June, the Mexican-American had been able to disrupt the validity of boxing’s oldest and most indomitable laws – that a good big fighter usually beats a good smaller one – by stopping Joshua in seven. This time the tables were turned as the Briton used his eight-inch reach advantage and improved footwork to much better effect claim a wide points victory.

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