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Category: Anthony Joshua

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In Saudi Arabia the fight for rights puts Joshua v Ruiz in the shade | Sean Ingle

When international sport comes to the Arabian kingdom it must be with a raised voice on issues of human freedomAs Saturday night spilled into Sunday morning in Saudi Arabia, something unusual happens. The shrieking bass line of House of Pain’s Jump Aro…

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London calling for Anthony Joshua with Tottenham’s stadium a likely venue

• Bulgaria’s Kubrat Pulev the mandatory challenger• Champion says he wants to fight on home soilAnthony Joshua has set his sights on a springtime homecoming fight at Tottenham Hotspur’s 60,000-seat stadium after regaining his WBA, IBF and WBO world hea…

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What next for restored heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua?

Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury, Oleksandr Usyk and Kubrat Pulev are all potential future opponents for the EnglishmanThe Saudi experiment was supposed to be a voyage of discovery for everyone, although we are no nearer to identifying the best heavyweight i…

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Ruiz sows seeds of destruction and Joshua reaps the benefit

Overweight defending champion pays price for his partying and lack of pre-fight discipline as British fighter regains the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO belts he lost in New YorkMaybe Anthony Joshua would have always won Saturday night’s rematch. Maybe the tall…

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‘Simplicity is genius’: Anthony Joshua savours victory over Andy Ruiz Jr – video

Anthony Joshua says his points victory over Andy Ruiz Jr in their heavyweight title fight came thanks to his new back-to-basics gameplan. ‘Tonight it was just about winning and trusting my process,’ he said. ‘ I just took it back to the old school, 70s…

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Job done and better days to come for Anthony Joshua on odd Arabian night

The Englishman executed his gameplan perfectly in Diriyah to get his career and the heavyweight division back on trackThe rains came early on Saturday night in Diriyah, lashing down on the 15,000?seat purpose-built arena on the north?west outskirts of …

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Job done and better days to come for Anthony Joshua on odd Arabian night

The Englishman executed his gameplan perfectly in Diriyah to get his career and the heavyweight division back on trackThe rains came early on Saturday night in Diriyah, lashing down on the 15,000?seat purpose-built arena on the north?west outskirts of …

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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 storm of …

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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 storm of …

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Andy Ruiz Jr bigs up being small and slick in Anthony Joshua rematch | Bryan Armen Graham

The Mexican-American giant-killer, who cut his teeth fighting bigger opponents, says the Briton’s style is perfect for himThe superficial differences in the physiques of Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua were laid bare even more dramatically than six mon…

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‘They want the money’: the real reason boxing is going to Saudi Arabia

Joshua v Ruiz bout exposes argument that kingdom is ‘sportswashing’ rights abusesFor boxing fans it is one of the most anticipated sporting events of the year. But Anthony Joshua’s heavyweight fight against Andy Ruiz Jr is also rapidly becoming the mos…

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Anthony Joshua fine-tuned and ready to claim redemption in Riyadh | Sean Ingle

Briton has had chance to step back and reassess after defeat in June while Andy Ruiz Jr may have gone full Buster DouglasWhen Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr face off on Saturday night in the most controversial world heavyweight title fight for more th…

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Anthony Joshua insists Andy Ruiz’s burgeoning weight not important

• Ruiz tips scales at 20st 3lb for Saturday’s fight in Riyadh• Joshua: ‘For heavyweights the weigh-in doesn’t really matter’Anthony Joshua, his body again looking as if it could have been sculpted by Phidias, weighed in at his lightest since 2014 for S…

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‘We represent both countries’: the rise of Andy Ruiz, a cross-border champion

Andy Ruiz’s improbable rise mirrors the rebound of his hometown, Imperial, a community at the heart of the debate over immigration in the United StatesThe Sparta boxing club is hard to find, tucked behind a wall of blue corrugated metal between a tire …

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Andy Ruiz Jr denies becoming complacent since Anthony Joshua fight

• Ruiz promises to be slicker and faster in Saturday’s rematch• ‘Whatever he brings, we will be ready for it,’ champion saysAndy Ruiz Jr has denied becoming complacent since shocking the world to become the heavyweight champion – and promised he will b…

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Anthony Joshua backs Saudi Arabia: ‘It’s trying to do a good job politically’

• Amnesty International warns British boxer he is being duped• ‘I just came here for the boxing opportunity,’ says heavyweightAnthony Joshua has opened himself up to criticism from human rights groups by saying Saudi Arabia is “trying to do a good job …

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Eddie Hearn offers hot air and hype but Joshua punches through the noise

• Promoter dominates final pre-fight press conference• Joshua: ‘I am not here to put on a show, I am here to win’Give Eddie Hearn his due. Not only has the promoter brought the world heavyweight championship to Saudi Arabia, he is also rapidly embracin…

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‘Anthony Joshua needs a boring fight’: Hasan Rahman gives edge to Andy Ruiz

• Former heavyweight champion says Joshua must be disciplined • ‘Andy’s going to make sure it isn’t a dull fight’It is 18 years since Hasan Rahman exploded a wrecking ball on Lennox Lewis’s chin and was transformed from a 20-1 underdog to the world hea…

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‘I’m here to win, not put on a show’: Anthony Joshua on Ruiz rematch – video

Anthony Joshua says he will not celebrate if he beats opponent Andy Ruiz Jr and regains his world heavyweight titles in Saturday’s rematch in Saudi Arabia.Speaking at his last press conference before the fight, Joshua said that if he wins, ‘it’s not a …

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‘This isn’t the last time I’ll see Andy Ruiz’: Anthony Joshua predicts heavyweight trilogy – video

Anthony Joshua has said he will likely face a third heavyweight meeting with the current champion, Andy Ruiz Jr. ‘This isn’t the last time I will be seeing Andy Ruiz in the ring,’ Joshua said. ‘I think we make for good fights. I think there is going to…