Anthony Joshua survived a desert storm to wrest back his world heavyweight titles with a unanimous points win over Andy Ruiz Jr at the Diriyah Arena in Saudi Arena.

Joshua stuck to his back-foot game plan to pick off a clear 118-110 (twice), 119-109 verdict in a bout that boasted little of the five-knockdown drama which saw him lose to Ruiz in June.

In a bout which had been threatened with delay by a rare desert rain-storm moments before they took to the ring, the champion banked almost entirely on landing another big left money-shot.

Second time round, a more composed and disciplined Joshua for the most part resisted the urge to join Ruiz in battle, and there was no doubt as to the clear winner once the bell ended the final round.

Confirmation of Joshua's win was greeted with roars of approval from a capacity 16,000 crowd in the purpose-built venue in the ancient Saudi capital, which was hosting a major title fight for the first time.

"It's not about me, this is about the public and boxing, British worldwide boxing. We made history here. We opened the floodgates for more and more boxing worldwide," Joshua BBC 5 Live.

"I can box, I can really box but I like to fight. I'm a warrior at heart. When you are used to knocking a man out, sometimes it may happen to you.

"I knew I would correct my wrongs, I'm a man who learns from his mistakes."

When asked where his career goes next, Joshua said: "I don't know, I don't want to talk too much. A big mouth is not what people respect. Whatever we can do, I will do.

"Let the fans decide. We are up for anything.

"I'm made for this stage. Look at this, a purpose built stadium for a purposeful night tonight."