Anthony Joshua hands heavyweight belts to his family after avenging defeat to Andy Ruiz

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Anthony Joshua won the world heavyweight championship for the second time – and immediately gave the belts away. Joshua beat Andy Ruiz in Saudi Arabia, exacting revenge after the Mexican beat AJ in New York in June.

Joshua earned a unanimous points victory in the Middle East to win back the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO titles.

But, after he was handed them back, Joshua gave them to his family having previously insisted he wouldn’t celebrate if he beat Ruiz.

Joshua had said: “So, I was asked this – will it be a special moment?.

“I said, ‘No,’ because I know I belong there. So, it’s not special. I know I belong there. I know what I’m capable of doing.

“So, when I regain those belts, I’m probably just gonna keep cool and stay focused because it’s not a time to celebrate.

“It’s time to keep that challenger mindset and move on to the next target. So, one by one, I’m picking them off.

“As you can see, I said on that board [that lists undercard fighters Joshua has beaten], I’ve been doing that ever since I started boxing. And Ruiz is just my next target on my list.”

Joshua lost his belts in June with Ruiz flooring the Brit four times on the way to a seventh round stoppage.

But AJ was pleased to be back at the top of the pile.

He said: “First of all, I want to thank God. Next I want to say ‘man, the first time was so nice, I had to do it twice’

“A man like me makes no excuses, this is about boxing, I’m used to knocking guys out. I got caught last time, no excuses, I gave him the credit.

“I respect Andy and his trainer so much, I wanted to show the sweet science of this lovely sport.

“Stay hungry, stay humble. I’m humble in defeat and will stay humble in victory.

“Careers are all about experience, I took my loss and bounced back, anyone can do it. You want me to retire and give up?”

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