Following his stunning defeat to Andy Ruiz in their first fight, Anthony Joshua feuded with former heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis in the media. Responding to what he felt was unfair criticism from the former undisputed champion, Joshua stated he had no respect for the Hall of Famer and arguably the greatest fighter in England’s history.
Yet despite their war of words, over 12 rounds Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz did their best impression of Lennox Lewis vs. David Tua. Boxing on the outside, Joshua moved around the ring using his jab as his primary weapon, while the now former champion Andy Ruiz plodded forward trying to land a big punch. In a fight that often lacked excitement and had few meaningful exchanges, Joshua nonetheless accomplished his goal of regaining the unified heavyweight championship.
Immediately following the fight the now former heavyweight champion, Andy Ruiz asked for a third match; however, the boxing world is waiting for an undisputed heavyweight champion.
The first Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz fight potentially derailed the biggest fight in the heavyweight division, Anthony Joshua against Deontay Wilder for the undisputed championship. With Joshua once again a champion, it is a second chance to give the boxing public the fight it deserves.