Anthony Joshua Fight: The time has finally come for the biggest fight of 2019 on Saturday, as Andy Ruiz Jr. meets Anthony Joshua in a rematch for Ruiz’s IBF, WBA (super) and WBO heavyweight titles at Diriyah Arena in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia.
In June at Madison Square Garden, Ruiz (33-1, 22 KOs) pulled off one of the biggets upsets in recent memory. As a 15-1 underdog and taking the bout on short notice, Ruiz scored four knockdowns, including two in the seventh round to force a TKO, and he became the first-ever fighter of Mexican descent to capture heavyweight gold.
Joshua (22-1, 21 KOs) didn’t waste too much time invoking his right to a rematch and the chance to become a two-time unified heavyweight champion.
A bit of drama took place that added more intrigue to the event when Ruiz weighed in Friday at 283 pounds, 15 pounds heavier than he did for the first fight. Joshua tipped the scales 10 pounds lighter from the June bout at 237 pounds.
Will it make a difference? That’s why they will step into the ring and battle for boxing’s ultimate prize.
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Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Anthony Joshua 2 live results, updates
4:03 p.m.: It is now time for the main event of the evening for the IBF, WBA (super) and WBO heavyweight championships, as Andy Ruiz Jr. defends against former champion Anthony Joshua.
The time for all the writing and talking is done. Who leaves Saudi Arabia the unified heavyweight champion? If it is anything like the first fight, we should be in for a classic.
3:47 p.m.: In a swing bout, Diego Pacheco def. Selemani Saidi by knockout at 1:38 of the first. A big right hand was all Pachecho needed to send Saidi packing for the evening to remain undefeated in eight fights with seven KO’s. Someone to definitely keep your eye on in the super middleweight division.
Alexander Povetkin and Michael Hunter battle to a split draw
3:36 p.m.: Povetkin and Hunter went to a split draw (115-113 Hunter, 115-113 Povetkin, 114-114). Nothing wrong with the score as DAZN News had it 114-113 for Povetkin, with the Russian being given a 10-8 in the fifth round because of what should have been scored a knockdown for Povetkin.
Round 12: Close round with each guy having their moments. Early on, Hunter connected on a couple right hands. Down the stretch, Povetkin showed his championship mettle by being more active and connecting on a more consistent basis. (10-9 Povetkin, 114-113 Povetkin)
Round 11: In the second-to-last round, Hunter seized the moment. He rocked Povetkin and nearly finished him on more than one occasion with hard right hands. Can Hunter do that again and possibly win the fight? (10-9 Hunter, 104-104)
Round 10: Hunter regains control as he’s now going on the inside and pounding the body. Who can make necessary adjustment in the championship rounds? (10-9 Hunter, 95-94 Povetkin)
Round 9: A bounceback round that Povetkin sorely needed. He’s finding a home with the left hand on the inside. That’s Povetkin’s best path to success. (10-9 Povetkin, 86-84 Povetkin)
Round 8: Hunter flipped the script and started boxing which surprised Povetkin, who looks defeated right now. He needs to find a way to regain some momentum and seize control once again. (10-9 Hunter, 76-75 Povetkin)
Round 7: A ho-hum seventh round until the final minute when Hunter wobbled Povetkin with a right hand. Povetkin fired back with a hard right hand of his own. Hunter being aggressive looks to be his best recipe of success. Jab to the body and then the power shots is working for him. Let’s see if he keeps doing it. (10-9 Hunter, 67-65 Povetkin)
Round 6: Hunter gains back a little momentum with a stiff power jab to the body followed by a combination. Hunter needs to continue throwing those shots, and he can get himself right back in the fight. (10-9 Hunter, 58-55 Povetkin)
Round 5: Great round for Povetkin. He blasted Hunter with a left hook that nearly sent Hunter through the ring. Don’t know it wasn’t ruled a knockdown because the ropes saved Hunter from getting sent to the canvas. (10-8 Povetkin, 49-45 Povetkin)
Round 4: Povetkin using his experience well here. He’s making Hunter fight out of the ordinary and is making him pay with one power shot after another and then keeping honest by pumping the jab. Hunter needs to box and then everything else comes together. (10-9 Povetkin, 39-37 Povetkin)
Round 3: A pretty close round. Povetkin is gaining control with the jab and landing that sneaky left hand. Hunter needs to relax and not throw everything with reckless abandon. (10-9 Povetkin, 29-28 Povetkin)
Round 2: Good bounce back for Povetkin. He gathered his bearings and started to box which thwarted Hunter’s onslaught from the first round. (10-9 Povetkin, 19-19)
Round 1: Hunter came looking for the knockout, connecting on a combination that stunned Povetkin. Hunter kept the pressure on Povetkin for the entire round. Coudn’t ask for a better start if you’re Hunter. (10-9, Hunter)
2:39 p.m.: It is time for the co-main event of Ruiz vs. Joshua 2 as Michael Hunter (18-1, 12 KOs) takes on former heavyweight champion and 2004 Olympic gold medalist Alexander Povetkin. Hunter’s only loss came at cruiserweight to Oleksandr Usyk in April 2018. Can Hunter make the successful leap up in competition?
Dillian Whyte looks sluggish in decision win over Mariusz Wach
2:21 p.m.: Whyte def. Wacz by unanimous decision (98-93, 97-93, 97-93). Pretty wide decision in a fight that was closer than the judges scored it. After the fight, Whyte said he was out of shape. A high-caliber opponent, and the result would have been different.
It will be interesting to see what happens next with Whyte. Will the WBC reinstate the interim heavyweight title tag now that Whyte has been cleared from his drug test violation? The sanctioning body hasn’t been kind to him in not making him the mandatory challenger for Deontay Wilder in the past. Let’s hope they do the right thing and put Whyte in the spot he belongs in.
2:19 p.m.: We now head to the scorecards. Who did enough to earn the victory?
2:15 p.m.: Just when it looked like Wacz was out, he roars back with great activity and is connecting with good, hard shots. Whyte looks rough here, and that’s being nice about it.
Ruiz finally takes his shirt off and looks in terrible shape. Of course, he looked pretty flabby in June, when he lifted the crown off Joshua, so we all know that means little.
Joshua also towers above Ruiz, who’s looking for a way inside his rival’s reach.
Late in the round, Joshua connectsd with a right hand that opens up a cut above Ruiz’s left eye.
Round to Joshua.
10:16am – LADIES & GENTLEMEN, FROM THE KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA, LET’S GET READY TO RUUUUUMBLLLLLLE!
10:06am – Ruiz follows, looking determined. While Joshua wore something that looked like a bathrobe that he stole from the hotel, Ruiz wears something that looks like an Eskimo outfit… in the middle of the desert.