“This ranks second. The first would be my fight against Wladimir Klitschko – it means so much to me and I learned so much from that fight, Joshua said moments after defeating Andy Ruiz in Saudi Arabia.
“I respect Wladimir so much and he still gives me so much advice. This fight ranks number two though.”
Apart from sporadic exchanges in which Joshua looked in danger of being lured into the kind of fight Ruiz required to repeat his victory, the 30-year-old largely sailed home with the minimum of fuss.
“I know that my fans like to see me knock people out and I can do that but sometimes with certain fighters you have to box smarter,” said Joshua.
“I understand what Andy brought to the table so I had to decapitate him in a different way.”