Joshua misplaced his WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO world heavyweight belts to Ruiz in New York again in June, however gained revenge and the title of two-time world champion on Saturday night time in Saudi Arabia.
The Brit had slimmed down to beneath 17 stone for the bout and spent a lot of the competition boxing on the surface, avoiding the centre-ring exchanges that had been his downfall in the primary assembly between the 2.
It was solely the second time in Joshua’s profession he had been taken to the scorecards, a consequence that disillusioned some followers hoping for a spectacular knockout, however the method of victory was praised by three-time heavyweight champion Lewis.
‘Every fight isn’t going to be a KO,’ Lewis mentioned. ‘I thought AJ fought a good tactical fight and didn’t fall into entice of attempting to combine it up in exchanges.
‘This was a good addition to his experience. He also wisely unpacked his jab for this one.’
It appeared as if the struggle may finish in a trademark Joshua knockout in the very first spherical when he opened up a reduce above Ruiz’s left eye with a crunching proper hand.
However, the 2012 Olympic gold medallist continued to work off his lead hand with the highly effective proper not often seen, and Lewis couldn’t criticise his reticence.
‘I understand that [people] want blood… but, as a fighter, you have to be disciplined enough to wait for the opportunities to open up,’ Lewis added.
‘Sometimes they don’t come. When that occurs you play it secure and follow recreation plan.’
The recreation plan actually labored with the judges turning in scorecards of 118-110 (x) and 119-109 in Joshua’s favour.