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Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz Jr: Where does victory rank in the Watford boxer's career?

Anthony Joshua has got his belts back so where does victory over Andy Ruiz Jr rank in the Watford boxer's career?

Anthony Joshua poses with his WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO championship belts Credit: PA

Joshua wrestled back his titles from Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia, described as a 'boxing masterclass'.

Ruiz blamed poor lifestyle and weight gain for his defeat. At almost 21 stone, he was 15 pounds heavier than he was in the first fight six months ago. In contrast, Anthony Joshua was visibly leaner weighing in at 16 stone 13 pounds.

Andy Ruiz Jr. with a cut above his left eye during his fight against Anthony Joshua Credit: PA

AJ cut Ruiz above his left eye in the first round and didn't look back. A combination of smart jabs, quick movement and perfectly timed punches gave Joshua a unanimous win.

He now joins the likes of Muhammad Ali, Lennox Lewis and Wladimir Klitschko as heavyweight champions who have managed to reclaim their world title.

Andy Ruiz Jr in his fight against Anthony Joshua Credit: PA

Speaking to ITV News, boxing commentator and former world champion Duke McKenzie said the fight was undoubtedly Joshua's finest hour.

When you take into consideration what he's endured obviously losing the championship initially, the manner that he lost the championship initially, to exorcise those demons from your mind is a mammoth task.

But he's done that - and some!

We're not used to seeing Anthony Joshua box we're used to seeing Anthony Joshua knock people out, that's what he gets paid to do.

Look as his resume, he's knocked out something like 23 or 24 guys in 25 fights.

And now what we're seeing from Anthony Joshua is a different side. He's gone back to basics - boxing.

– Duke McKenzie, former professional boxer and boxing commentator

Watch the interview with Duke McKenzie in full below.