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Anthony Joshua survived a desert storm to wrest back his world heavyweight titles with a unanimous points win over Andy Ruiz Jr at the Diriyah Arena in Saudi Arena.

Joshua stuck to his back-foot game plan to pick off a clear 118-110 (twice), 119-109 verdict in a bout that boasted little of the five-knockdown drama which saw him lose to Ruiz in June.

In a bout which had been threatened with delay by a rare desert rain-storm moments before they took to the ring, the champion banked almost entirely on landing another big left money-shot.

Second time round, a more composed and disciplined Joshua for the most part resisted the urge to join Ruiz in battle, and there was no doubt as to the clear winner once the bell ended the final round.

Confirmation of Joshua's win was greeted with roars of approval from a capacity 16,000 crowd in the purpose-built venue in the ancient Saudi capital, which was hosting a major title fight for the first time.

Joshua stuck to his back-foot game plan to pick off a clear 118-110 (twice), 119-109 verdict in Saudi Arabia

Joshua stuck to his back-foot game plan to pick off a clear 118-110 (twice), 119-109 verdict in Saudi Arabia

Joshua survived a desert storm to wrest back his world heavyweight titles with a unanimous points win on Saturday

Joshua survived a desert storm to wrest back his world heavyweight titles with a unanimous points win on Saturday

The fast hands of Ruiz rocked his opponent twice in the eighth round to slightly change the complexion of the fight

The fast hands of Ruiz rocked his opponent twice in the eighth round to slightly change the complexion of the fight

Ruiz Jnr was frustrated by the tactics of Joshua but there was always the threat of him unleashing a big shot

Ruiz Jnr was frustrated by the tactics of Joshua but there was always the threat of him unleashing a big shot

Joshua moved so much better without the muscle bulk and it appeared to be going according to plan in first half of the fight

Joshua moved so much better without the muscle bulk and it appeared to be going according to plan in first half of the fight

Joshua mixed it up nicely on the backfoot early on, the jab a key weapon in controlling the distance between the rivals

Joshua mixed it up nicely on the backfoot early on, the jab a key weapon in controlling the distance between the rivals

Joshua suffered a cut above his left eye after an accidental clash of heads in an enthralling second round

Joshua suffered a cut above his left eye after an accidental clash of heads in an enthralling second round

Streamlined Joshua opted for a single white robe and plastic covers on his boots after the rain earlier in the day

Streamlined Joshua opted for a single white robe and plastic covers on his boots after the rain earlier in the day

The challenger looked on edge as he entered the ring, well aware that this was the most important single fight of his career

The challenger looked on edge as he entered the ring, well aware that this was the most important single fight of his career

Fans were forced to wear waterproof ponchos to shelter from the rain fell before the fight but it failed to dampen their spirits

Fans were forced to wear waterproof ponchos to shelter from the rain fell before the fight but it failed to dampen their spirits

The eagerly-anticipated rematch toook place in Diriyah in a custom-built 15,000 seater stadium on Saturday night

The eagerly-anticipated rematch toook place in Diriyah in a custom-built 15,000 seater stadium on Saturday night

JEFF POWELL'S SCORECARD RUIZ JNR  ROUND JOSHUA 9 1 10 9 2 10 9 3 10 10 4 9 9 5 10  9 6 10 9 7 10  10 8  9 9 9  10  9  `10  10  9  11 10  9  12 10 110 TOTAL 118

After all the speculation about his weight, Ruiz looked only a little heavier than before. The leaner Joshua was moving better and was winning the first with his jab before he clinched the round with the first big right of the night.

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The smattering of British fans did their best to make themselves heard as Joshua came to the ring but this a mere whisper of the Wembley roar. The 02, even. The Saudis took sides and away we went. 

Ruiz had been cut beside the left eye by that Joshua right and as the blood seeped the wound became a target for the left jab. But Ruiz finally uncorked a right of his own and now Joshua was cut also by the left eye.  

Joshua was moving so much better

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