Anthony Joshua leaves a shirt on to the last moment. Ruiz stripped. And we are ready to go.
Round one – Joshua
Ruiz on the front foot. Throwing a lot of jabs. Josh looks focused, strong, slim and godlike in his physicality. Joshua short steps, not dancing, looks like he has settled early in his work. He has got Ruiz at range. And now he has cut Ruiz above the left eye! A strong right hand, the blood coming now. That was a great shot. And Joshua doesn’t lose his head and rush in behind it. Excellent round for Josh.
Round two – Joshua
Ruiz comes out well, though. Double jab, snaps Joshua’s head back. But Joshua lands a jab of his own and that has opened the cut again. Everything going as AJ would have planned so far. Jab, jab from range, and now he has added a left hook into the mix. Ruiz is in trouble, he has to come inside somehow, and he’s clipped with a right form Josh as he comes in. But there has been a clash of heads – and Joshua is cut too.
Deffo another round for AJ though. Other than the clash of heads, this has gone more or less ideally so far.
Round three – Joshua
Another good round from AJ. He is keeping Ruiz at distance, the jab is working, Ruiz looking lumpen as he lurches forward and AJ can just tag him on the body.Ruiz cannot force the pace, and he cannot get close enough really. Macklin: “this sort of approach (AJ’s) requires a different sort of energy though because it is mentally tiring, it can be draining. He has to keep it up and keep concentrating.”