Trainer Manny Robles criticises Andy Ruiz Jr's preparation for Anthony Joshua rematch

Wednesday, 11 Dec, 2019

Ruiz, who was granted a ritzy homecoming parade in his Californian hometown of Imperial following his win in June, said he had started his training camp for the rematch too late. The first round was won by Joshua. Two-time World Champion Anthony Joshua proved him wrong by defeating the Mexican heavyweight but Deontay Wilder is still not impressed.

Usyk could be made to wait for his guaranteed WBO title fight as the IBF have suggested their mandatory must come first for Joshua and fellow Brit Derek Chisora has been holding talks over a fight with the Olympic gold medallist.

In an interview with The Athletic, WBC Champion Deontay Wilder said, "Joshua did what he had to do to get the win". He is sitting on a table near the back of the hall that limited most of the jibes from a pro-Joshua crowd, and will later insist that he received "a few looks".

Despite his immediate pleas for a trilogy fight Joshua's camp isn't interested - and the public isn't going to back his campaign after what he just dished up.

Joshua delivered a dominant display in the desert to win by a landslide on all three of the judges' scorecards, with two judges giving Joshua 10 of the 12 rounds, and the third giving him 11.

For nearly the remainder of the fight, round after round floats by with a measured atmosphere that reflects the bout on screen. This had led to Joshua to prevent Ruiz from getting any opportunity to land some punches on him.

Whyte beat Joshua as an amateur in 2009 and his only professional defeat in 28 bouts was a seventh-round knockout by his fellow Briton at the O2 Arena in London.

On top of that, Ruiz's performance and demeanour will see him fall dramatically down the pecking order - and take a sizeable bite out of his potential future earnings. The party is just beginning.

"All challengers are welcome to take on this current unified champion".

There is no rematch clause this time round and Joshua was tight-lipped about his plans.

There is a serious threat that fight fans will not see the bouts that should define the era, though. "When Joshua fights at Wembley, he's fighting in his backyard with 90,000 people packed in". I love the sport so we want to promote it, to bring through other athletes who are depending on my success.

Andy Ruiz was cut early in the fight.

"How can no one say I'm not the very best in the world now?" Joshua put on a masterclass. I think the phone has gone insane and it's like, 'Bring him here, bring him here.' They've seen what we've done here and there's a lot of options internationally but he does want to box back in the UK.

"Tonight's about celebrating. We'll do what he wants to do". Joshua gave no precise details about the issue.

Imagine what the Saudis who put up more than $100 million to stage this event felt to see a guy in the biggest fight of his life not even act as if he'd cared.