Big night, Eddie? No sign of Anthony Joshua as the champion keeps a low profile following win over Andy Ruiz Jr… but Eddie Hearn is spotted making his way home at 6am with Team AJ (and he was still smiling!)
- Anthony Joshua appeared to keep a low profile after regaining his world titles
- Joshua said he was going to ‘party’ after comfortably beating Andy Ruiz Jr
- There were no signs of a victory party but Eddie Hearn was seen rolling in at 6am
- REPORT: Joshua convincingly outpointed Ruiz to claim victory in Saudi Arabia
- READ: A piston-like jab and a brilliant game plan: Here’s how Joshua got revenge
Anthony Joshua enjoyed perhaps the finest win of his career as he gained revenge for the only defeat in his career by comprehensively out-pointing Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia on Saturday night.
The Briton won almost every round on his way to a unanimous points decision, 118-110 118-110 119-109, in a purpose-built 15,000-seater stadium in Diriyah.
Joshua celebrated in the ring afterwards and instantly declared: ‘Hit me up on Instagram, we’re gonna party tonight!’.
Eddie Hearn rolled in at 6am after spending the night celebrating Anthony Joshua’s win
The Brit became a two-time heavyweight world champion in Saudi Arabia on Saturday night
The heavyweight’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, echoed those sentiments when he claimed: ‘The future plans are celebrate and celebrate hard, Joshua has won Olympic gold for great Britain and tonight in Saudi he became two-time heavyweight champion of the world.’
However, there was only a hint of the night the two enjoyed afterwards with the fighter’s entourage.
Indeed, the only video to emerge from their night celebrating was uploaded by Joshua’s manager, Freddie Cunningham, who showed Hearn and Co looking a little worse for wear while making their way back to the villa they’ve been renting at 6am in the morning as the sun rose.
While Jamie Velocity, AJ’s strength and conditioning coach, took in the stunning sandy terrain surrounding the team’s base and shared a snap of it on Instagram in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Joshua said he was going to party after regaining his heavyweight world titles
Joshua dominated Andy Ruiz Jr from start to finish to claim a unanimous points victory
Jamie Velocity shared this snap after getting back to team AJ’s base in early hours of morning
Joshua, however, was nowhere to be seen. Although it appears as though he is keeping a low profile, the Brit will undoubtedly take some time to enjoy the fruits of his hard work after becoming a two-time champion.
He did, however, speculate on his future plans in the moments after his monumental victory in Saudi Arabia by saying he would be interested in a third instalment against Ruiz.
‘If you heard – we’re gonna do a third’ Joshua said in his post-fight interview.
Not that Joshua will be looking ahead to that just yet, but if he needed any warnings about the consequences of celebrating becoming world champion a little too much, then it came from his opponent across the ring.
Ruiz Jr admitted afterwards that excessive partying cost him in his rematch against Joshua
Ruiz came into the ring on Saturday night a stone heavier than he was for their first fight in New York and conceded afterwards that excessive partying hampered his preparations and cost him in his rematch with Joshua.
He added: ‘I don’t want to say three months of partying didn’t affect me because it kind of did.
‘I just want to learn from this mistake. I am glad I learnt it when I am young.’
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