3.30pm Boxing news LIVE: Joshua earns £52m from Ruiz win, AJ to box next in March, Bronze Bomber rules out unification – The Sun

ANTHONY JOSHUA has become a two-time world heavyweight champion.

The Watford ace downed Andy Ruiz by a wide points decision in Saudi Arabia to win back his WBA, WBO and IBF title belts.

And Joshua now wants a 2020 clash against either WBC champ Deontay Wilder or fellow Brit Tyson Fury.

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  • THE titles will be worth more than any paycheck, but it is fair to say Anthony Joshua's bank account gained a healthy boost on Saturday.

    Victory over Andy Ruiz Jr in his world heavyweight title rematch saw the Watford boxer pocket £52m.

    He is now among the top 10 earners of all time in boxing and the Sun can now reveal the true extent of Joshua's wealth HERE.

  • “NOT the way of a champion.”

    That's the appraisal of Andy Ruiz Jr's preparation for Saturday night's heavyweight world title bout, which saw the Watford boxer reclaim his IBF, WBA and WBO belts.

    Ruiz admitted to being too heavy after the loss and accepted he had not trained as well as he should have for the blockbuster clash.

    AJ felt the approach failed to show respect for the occasion but believes Ruiz will have learned from his errors and can come back stronger.

    “I would’ve loved to have trained like Andy, but that’s not the way of a champion. Andy can say all these things but he knew he had a fight and he knew the best way to prepare,” Joshua said.

    “Unfortunately it didn’t go his way and I’m sure he can make those changes, and learning life’s lessons come in different forms and Andy’s was in the form of a loss as well [as mine].

    “He knows his mistakes, whatever they were or maybe they’re excuses, he just needs to go out there and get it right and come back again.”

  • Cryptic.

  • JOSHUA may have his eyes set on a clash with Deontay Wilder,but there are a number of names in the mix to be his next challenger.

    The WBO said Joshua must now face mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk.

    But a Spring mega-fight against Kubrat Pulev at Spurs' new stadium is also being lined up.

    BBC boxing, however, claim that a mouthwatering rematch against Dillian Whyte in March could be next on Joshua's agenda.

    Respected journalist Steve Bunce said: “Dillian Whyte at Wembley next year makes all the sense in the world.

    “Ukad have cleared him, Whyte and Joshua have got an old beef – that's perfect.”

  • ANTHONY JOSHUA beat Andy Ruiz on Saturday night in Saudi Arabia and has been speaking on Good Morning Britain this morning.

    He said: “I believed in my team, I kept my same team that everyone told me to get rid.

    I ignored all these so-called boxing experts.

    “With all the experts telling me to not take rematch and get rid of my team, it tends to get in the way of your gut instinct. But I just trusted my gifted gut instinct.

    It was that saying: 'It was so nice, I had to do it twice'. And that is why I didn't listen to boxing experts. I am the expert.”

    Yet, his defeated opponent on Saturday blamed his loss on a three-month training camp of drinking and partying, while Joshua prepared properly for the rematch.

    He added: “I would love to have trained the way Andy trained, but that is not the way of a champion.”

    Following AJ's win over Ruiz, it is now all eyes focused on who he will fight next, with fellow Brit Tyson Fury and WBC champ Deontay Wilder among those.

    Joshua said: “I would love to make that my next fight. Whenever they are ready, I am ready. I am not a running champion. I would love to have the opportunity to fight Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder.”

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