Report: Damon Gonzalez
Photo credits: Matchroom Boxing
Saudi Arabia- Anthony Joshua (23-1, 21 KOs) regained the WBA, IBF, and WBO heavyweight titles by outboxing Andy Ruiz Jr (33-2, 22 KOs) over twelve rounds on Saturday night at the Diriyah Arena in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. Judges official scores were 118-110, 118-110, 119-109.
18 year old Diego Pacheco (8-0, 7 KO’s) got the opportunity of a life time making his ring walk on National DAZN streaming as the co-main event for Ruiz-Joshua 2 rises to the occasion crushing Salemani Saidi (20-16-5, 15 KO’s) at 1:38 seconds of round one by KO victory.
Michael Hunter (18-1-1, 12 KO’s) and Alexander Povetkin (35-2-1, 24 KO’s) battle to a split draw.
Hunter opens up blasting Povetkin early on with hard punches swinging him to the ground in the opening round.
Povetkin made his adjustments setting up the counter and jabbing Hunter to the body making him pay, Povetkin steps back and picks his spots creating space, Hunter appears to be working harder throwing his punches but standing in front of Povetkin getting hit.
Povetkin dictates the pace of the fight Hunter standing in the center of the ring getting hit, but doesn’t have an answer to Povetkin using both hands in the counter running away with the fight.
After twelve rounds of action we go to the judges scorecards 115-113, 115-113, 114-114 a split draw.
Dillian ‘The Body Snatcher’ Whyte (27-1, 18 KO’s) scores a unanimous decision victory over Mariusz ‘The Viking’ Wach (35-7, 19 KO’s)
Judges official scores 98-93 97-93 (2x).
19 year old Ivan ‘Drago Hopey’ Price vs. Swedi Mohamed 4 rounds Super Bantamweights in the ring
Price staying talk popping the jab keeping Mohamed at bay in the opening stanza
Price continued to pound Mohamed throughout the contest very impressively steps on the gas as referee seen enough jumps in and calls a halt to the contest at the official time of 2:22 seconds of round three by way of TKO victory.
Croatian puncher Filip Hrgovic (10-0, 8 KO’s) defends his WBC International Heavyweight Title by stopping Eric “The Drummer Boy” Molina (27-7, 19 KO’s) in round three by knockout.
Hrgovic the aggressor in the opening round shoots a left hook to Molina’s body dropping him on the ropes scored as a knockdown in the opening stanza, Molina trying to make a case brings the fight to Hrgovic after being dropped twice in round two.
Hrgovic crushes Molina with a hard overhand ending his night at the official time 2:03 seconds of round three by TKO victory.
Heavyweights Mahammadrasul Majidov (2-0, 2 KO’s) from Baku, Azerbaijan batters Tom Little (10-8, 3 KO’s) dropping him to the canvas with a hard hook then jumping right on Little hurting him with multiple shots as referee Steve Gray jumps in to stop the action at the official time 1:49 seconds of round two by TKO victory.
Points victory for local Zuhayr Al Qahtani who becomes WBC Middle East Lightweight champ and moves 8-0 after out punching Omar Dusary (7-1-1, 1 KO) judges official scores 80-72, 78-74, 77-75.