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Reporters’ star ratings f or main e vents and under cards ar e based on in-ring enter tainment, c ompetitiveness and whether overall expectation was met

Brilliant Joshua dominates a woefully prepared Ruiz to regain his heavyweight titles

Matt Christie @MattCBoxingNews RINGSIDE

WITH the opening bell mere seconds away, Andy Ruiz Jnr took off his white t-shirt and his stomach spilled down his shorts like custard over an apple pie. It was among the most depressing reveals in boxing history. In that moment, as Ruiz’s rampant disregard for both his body and the prestigious business of being world heavyweight king were exposed, the anticipation surrounding his rematch with Anthony Joshua threatened to disappear completely.

That anticipation – the kind breathless expectation you only get at the biggest of fights – had been intense. The scene in Saudi Arabia was set as the fighters made their way to the ring through puddles of rain in a sodden makeshift stadium hounded by the threat of a desert storm. Ringsiders sat in ponchos that had been delivered from Dubai the day before.

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