Amidst brewing doubts and tension, on eve of December 7, 2019, Joshua reclaimed all 4 belts from his Mexican opponent, to regain his spot as the heavyweight champion of the world. And though not as dramatic and spot-on as many had anticipated it would be, it certainly went down in history as one match not to be forgotten in a hurry. Not only for the fact that he joined the likes of Mike Tyson, Mohammed Ali and co. as a two-time world heavyweight champion, but also because of what his comeback victory signified, especially for teeming youths.
The rest of this article highlights 3 lessons that can be observed from Joshua’s comeback:
1. Don’t Underestimate People
As far as boxing enthusiasts and critics go, it was obvious that Joshua underestimated Ruiz jnr., being an underdog in the first bout at Madison Square Garden. And although no one can say of a surety, there’s a good chance that if he had not, a rematch may not have been necessary.
2. Be Teachable
Joshua’s boxing style at the rematch was quite different from what we had become accustomed to seeing him do. For one, he used more of long range attacks. A change of such scale in so short a while, must have required a lot of effort on his part.
3. Be Consistent
Another take home from the fight is that it pays to be consistent. Joshua kept on dishing calculated jabs in a bid to wear out his opponent and probably knock him out in the final rounds. Although things did not exactly play out as expected, his consistency earned him the victory by unanimous decision.
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