Joshua Secures "Clash In the Dunes"
Rubber Match with Safe Decision Over Ruiz!
By: Jehsn Sabbag
December 7th, Diriyah Arena, Diriyah, Saudi Arabia: In the highly anticipated WBA Super World, IBF/WBO/and IBO World Heavy Title rematch 2012 Super Heavyweight Gold Medalist Watford, Hertfordshire, UK, Anthony “AJ” Joshua regained his title status recording a safe twelve round unanimous decision over Imperial, California, “Destroyer” Andy Ruiz Jr.
The fight following a clear plan fight of disengage saw Joshua continually moving displaying anything but a champion ship caliber jab somehow mysteriously keeping the quick handed counter punching Mexican champion at bay for most of the twelve round exhibition setting up a several money-making options including a Joshua / Ruiz III in Mexico!
The 119-109, 1118-110 times two unanimous decision winner Joshua back in charge of the Wilder heavyweight shuffle improves to 23-1, 21Ko’s while Ruiz who’s only other defeat comes to another Joshua victim Joseph Parker falls to 33-2, 22Ko’s.
In the heavyweight co-feature for the mandatory challenger position versus the winner of the tonight’s main attraction Chekhov, Russia, Alexander “Sascha” Povetkin battled Las Vegas, Nevada, Michael “The Bounty” Hunter to a twelve round split decision draw.
The busier Hunter, son of 1990’s heavyweight contender Mike “The Bounty Hunter” Hunter and the heavier handed 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist and former WBA Heavyweight Champion fought through twelve closely competed round with Povetkin appearing to land the heavier shots until the busier “Bounty Hunter” rocking “Sasha” in round eleven only to hear the judges scores announced 115-113 Povetkin, 115-113 Hunter, 114-114 for a split decision draw. The 40-year-old, Povetkin moves to 35--12, 24Ko’s while 31-year-old Hunter stays alive at 18-1-1, 12Ko’s.
In a special heavyweight pull Zagreb, Croatia, 27-year-old, Filip Hrgovic catapulted himself into the ever-stirring divisional mix with World Boxing Council International Heavy Title retaining third round knockout of Weslaco, Texas, Anthony Joshua and Deontey Wilder victim Eric “Drummer Boy” Molina!
the 2016 Olympic Bronze Medalist, Hrgovic quickly making his mark floored Molina with a head and body series of shots in round one, dropping the off-beat “The Drummer Boy” again in round two with a string of body shots finishing his own drum kit with a big right to the head causing referee Ian John Lewis to wave the fight over at 2:03 of round three. Hrgovic with his third straight heavyweight KO win moves to 10-0, 8Ko’s while Molina’s 3-3 in his last six a drops to 27-6,19Ko’s.
In a stay in the mix heavyweight scrap Brixton, London, Dillian “Body Snatcher” Whyte battled an injured right eye to outpoint Krakow, Poland’s, 39-Year-old, Mariusz “The Viking” Wach to a 98-93, 97-93 times two unanimous decision.
Whyte with his sole defeat coming to Anthony Joshua coming off a July points win over Oscar Rivas moves to 27-1, 18Ko’s while Wach two KO wins over little known Gogita Gorgiladze and Giorgi Tamazashvili falls to the back of the heavyweight pack at 35-6, 19Ko’s.
Baku, Azerbaijan, 33-year-old, 2012 and 2016 Olympian, Mahammadrasul Majidov
continued to bang his way into the heavyweight ranks blasting out Hatfield, Hertfordshire, UK’s, Tom Little in two rounds.
The more skilled, more powerful Majidov took the fight to Little flooring the 6”7” Brit twice in round two forcing referee Steve Gray to call the bout at 1:49 of round two. The late coming 33-year-old Majidov moves to 2-0, 2Ko’s while the journeyman Little in way over his head stopped in his last four dives to 10-8, 3Ko’s.
In a less than powerful match-up of unbeaten UK lightweights Mitcham, London, southpaw, “Arabian Warrior” Zuhayr Al Qahtani held onto his undefeated status with a convincing eight round 80-72, 78-74, 77-75 unanimous decision over Blackburn, Lancashire’s, Omar Dusary. Qahtani improves to 8-0, while Dusary dips to 7-1-1, 1Ko.
In four round preliminaries:
LA 18-year-old, 6’4” amateur standout, super middleweight, Diego Pacheco continued his incursion of the pro ranks stopping Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania’s, “Tall” Selemani Saidi with a monster right hand just hand at 1:38 of round one. The 6’4” Pacheco improves to 8-0, 7Ko’s while Saidi winless in his last three outings drops to an opponent certifying 20-16-5, 15Ko’s.
Leeds, Yorkshire, 19-year-old southpaw, featherweight Ivan 'Hopey' Price banked his second pro win stopping Tanzania’s, Swedi “Nuclear” Mohamed in three. Price moves to 2-0, 2Ko’s while Mohamed leaving his nuclear weapons in the gym falls to 12-7-2, 3ko’s.
Dubai, lightweight, Majid “Cerastes” Al Naqbi remained unbeaten with a third round TKO stoppage of Gori, Georgia southpaw, Ilia Beruashvili. Naqbi moves to 4-0, 2Ko’s while bottom fisher Beruashvili falls to 8-13, 4Ko’s.
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