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HE’S back. In his rematch with Andy Ruiz Jnr, Anthony Joshua unexpectedly reminded me on occasion of Muhammadi Ali – floating like a butterfly and stinging like a bee. We were all witnesses to a veritable masterclass of safetyfirst, boxandmove discipline – demonstrating how to hit and not get hit in return. Hats off to Robert McCracken for devising a brilliant game plan, which enabled his composed charge to become only the fourth deposed world heavyweight champion to win an immediate rematch. In contrast, Ruiz was disappointing.

Having failed to step up to the plate, he came in disturbingly overweight and was unable to cut off the ring. To his credit, Andy had the honesty to admit afterwards that he had fallen for the temptations of too much partying following the first fight.

With JoshuaRuiz III doubtful, one asks whether “AJ”, our exemplary ambassador for the sweet science, has the courage to face the winner of the Deontay WilderTyson Fury rematch – a bout between the most dangerous fighter (Wilder) and best boxer (Fury) in the heavyweight division. Gavin Littaur

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REDEMPTION – All the action and reaction as Joshua reclaims his world heavyweight titles from Ruiz FRUSTRATION – Eubank Jnr has to settle for an unfulfilling victory over Korobov on his US debut ANTICIPATION – Crawford, Lopez and Conlan gear up for action at Madison Square Garden MUCH, MUCH MORE – Including Sheika, Navarrete, Ultimate Boxxer and The Golden Contract