Anthony Joshua exorcised his heavyweight demons

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Nearly a week after Anthony Joshua exorcised his heavyweight demons by ripping the titles back from Andy Ruiz, the comments and opinions are still flying in on what went down in Saudi Arabia.

Former heavyweight world champion Lennox Lewis tweeted out in response to Ruiz’s partying excuses, “Just saw Andy Ruiz Jr saying not being fully prepared and in shape for rematch could have happened to anyone. Not true. That’s a bad excuse. One person was serious about those belts and the other wasn’t. Simple as that!”

Rival promoter Frank Warren was also unimpressed with Ruiz’s efforts. Scathing as always, Frank branded Ruiz “a disgrace to boxing” after his plodding no-show in Diriyah. Labelling the Manny Robles fighter as “literally the elephant in the room” was another scything put down issued from the Queensberry Promotions head honcho.

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Meanwhile, the WBO have, as expected, mandated Oleksandr Usyk as the first man in line for a crack at Anthony Joshua. WBO president Paco Valcarcel has given AJ and his team 180 days to organise a matchup with the former cruiserweight ruler. 

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“The WBO World Championship Committee hereby orders the parties herein commencement of negotiations for the above-mentioned WBO heavyweight mandatory championship contest,” read a statement issued by the WBO.

Former WBO super-middleweight champion Joe Calzaghe has called for an Anthony Joshua-Tyson Fury bout to happen sooner rather than later. The Welshman, who retired undefeated, wants one champion in boxing’s premier weight class and claims that the integrity of the division is at stake if the biggest names do not meet one another.

In other heavyweight news, well wishes and prayers are being sent in abundance to Leon Spinks who is currently fighting for his life in a Las Vegas hospital. While the exact cause of his illness is unclear at the time of writing, Spinks has endured some health problems in recent years, including issues sustained from his 46-fight ring stint.

Spinks’ career-defining moment was a huge upset win over the great Muhammad Ali in 1978. Ali won the rematch and things never got as good again for “Neon” Leon who went on to challenge Larry Holmes for the WBC title in 1981 (losing by third-round KO). Spinks slimmed down to cruiserweight and enjoyed some minor title success before an unsuccessful shot at Dwight Muhammad Qawi in 1986 for the WBC cruiserweight crown.

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