Nigeria legends Nwankwo Kanu, Yakubu Aiyegbeni, Sunday Oliseh, and Mutiu Adepoju have joined fans across the world to celebrate Anthony Joshua after he reclaimed the heavyweight titles in Saudi Arabia.
After conceding his first career defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr. at Madison Square Gardens in June, Joshua showed resilience to defeat the Mexican-American in Saturday’s rematch in a unanimous verdict from the three judges to regain the IBF, IBO, WBO and WBA heavyweight belts.
It was a memorable night for Joshua in Riyadh as he joins Floyd Patterson and Muhammad Ali in an exclusive list of two-time heavyweight champions.
The victory delighted the Nigeria internationals while Super Eagles captain Ahmed Musa, who plies his trade at Saudi Arabian top-flight side Al Nassr, took time off to cheer Joshua, who was born to Nigerian parents in Watford, to victory.
So relieved and pleased to see our Nigerian pride Anthony Joshua regain his title as World Heavyweight champion, defeating Ruiz. Loved his gratitude to God first, after the victory. Boy was I stressed …. pic.twitter.com/8pcrgVxiAx
— Sunday Oliseh (@SundayOOliseh) December 7, 2019
Winning is in the DNA of every Nigerian. Congrats @anthonyfjoshua #JoshuaRuiz2 #RuizJoshua2 pic.twitter.com/w28Q6J9VVz
— Mutiu Adepoju (@MutiuAdepoju8) December 7, 2019
Different skillset from AJ. Live and learn. Reacted sensibly( lost some weight and no complacency) Congrats @anthonyfjoshua . Don’t judge a book by its cover @Andy_destroyer1 With God all things are possible. He is a good fighter and very strong mentally. 🇳🇬 🇬🇧 🏆 🥇 🥊 pic.twitter.com/tR2evjiUEi
— Peter Odemwingie (@OdemwingieP) December 7, 2019