Ruiz Jr vs Joshua 2
Andy Ruiz Jr lost his rematch with Anthony Joshua tonight simply due to athleticism. Joshua who came into the fight 10lbs lighter than in their first fight in June was simply the better athlete by 80%. Never in the 12 rounds did Ruiz Jr trouble the now two-time unified heavyweight champion of the world, winning 11 of the completed 12 rounds on my scorecard.
Taking nothing away from the first Mexican heavyweight to win a world title, Ruiz Jr never gave up for one moment in his quest to walk down the British star and land the heavy and lightning-fast hooks that accounted for AJ at Madison Square Garden on June 1st. Cut by the left eye in the 1st round, Ruiz chased and chased but Joshua was literally perfect in his performance tonight. Not since Muhammad Ali's heyday have we seen a big heavyweight move with the agility that AJ showed in Diriyah in the biggest heavyweight event in modern history.
I hope that we get to see a third match between the two because the rivalry needs to be settled once and for all.
Povetkin vs Hunter
Alexander Povetkin was made to look every bit of his 40 years by American heavyweight Michael Hunter. The judges somehow scored the fight a split decision draw but the American did more than enough to get the nod on my scorecard.
The judges scored 115-113 Povetkin, 115-113 Hunter and American judge Glen Feldman scored 114-114.
Povetkin was brave and took some great shots but that shouldn't be enough to win rounds. I hope Hunter gets to fight for one of the world titles because he deserved a clear victory tonight.
Whyte vs Wach
In a really entertaining, action-packed 10 round heavyweight bout, Dillian Whyte outpointed a fully motivated Mariusz Wach. The scores were 98-93 and 97-93 on the other two judges scorecards.
For anyone that thought that Wach had nothing left, this was the fight that showed that he can still hang with the very best in the division.
This fight puts into perspective the stature of Martin Bakolie's win over Wach in Poland last April.
Hrgovic vs Molina
In a bout that showed up a few faults that need correcting before too long, Filip Hrgovic stopped
Eric Molina at 2:03 of the 3rd round. Molina constantly complained about punches to the back of the head but referee Ian John Lewis was having none of it.
Hrgovic is right-hand happy at present and paws with the jab but this must change before he meets the top contenders.