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Ruiz vs Joshua 2: Pros react to Anthony Joshua’s dominant decision win

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Anthony Joshua can’t erase his June loss to Andy Ruiz Jr, but he did about as much as he could in that respect on Saturday.

British boxer Anthony Joshua wins back his world heavyweight titles in Saudi Arabia Photo by Valery Sharifulin\TASS via Getty Images

Anthony Joshua regained the WBA, IBF, and WBO heavyweight titles on Saturday in Saudi Arabia, dominating Andy Ruiz Jr over 12 rounds in their huge rematch, evening the score with the Mexican-American who upset him just six months ago in far more dramatic fashion.

Joshua (23-1, 21 KO) wasn’t as explosive or exciting as he was on his way up in the sport, but his tactics — and the plan by Rob McCracken and the rest of Joshua’s team — have largely been praised by those in the sport, as he stayed level-headed throughout and never let Ruiz (33-2, 22 KO) really get into the fight at all.

Twitter was, of course, lit up before, during, and after the bout, and a lot of top pros had plenty to say once the dust has settled.

Here’s a compilation of those thoughts from the likes of Josh Taylor, Shakur Stevenson, Julian Williams, Jamel Herring, Luke Campbell, and many more: