The bout was a rematch of Ruiz' upset TKO win over Joshua in June, and now the two fighters are both interested in a tie-breaking third fight, per Boxing Insider:
ESPN's Ariel Helwani confirmed Joshua's sentiments and also relayed remarks from the champ about why he may have struggled in June:
Joshua is now 23-1 for his professional career. Ruiz fell to 33-2.
An excellent seventh-round combination from Ruiz gave Joshua his first loss:
The rematch was a far different story, with all three judges giving Joshua the edge in at least 10 rounds. Joshua cut Ruiz early in the match and controlled the fight from start to finish:
After the match, there was nothing but respect between the two competitors:
And Ruiz riled the crowd up by asking them if they wanted to see a third fight between the two:
A matchup seems inevitable at this point with both fighters expressing significant interest. As for now, Joshua can enjoy his reign as a two-time heavyweight champion.