Hearn makes Joshua undisputed champion promise after Ruiz Jr rematch

Eddie Hearn has tipped Anthony Joshua to become undisputed heavyweight champion after his excellent performance against Andy Ruiz Jr.

Joshua bounced back to beat Ruiz Jr in their rematch in Saudi Arabia to become two-time world champion after an accomplished performance.

The Brit reclaims his IBF, WBA and WBO titles with the victory but Hearn has now set his sights on Deontay Wilder .

Wilder holds the WBC crown and the Matchroom chief insists that belt will soon be Joshua's.

“He wants to be the undisputed champion, and he will be. I promise you that," Hearn told BBC Radio 5 live.

Hearn admits Joshua relished the opportunity to prove his critics wrong after he was written off in the aftermath of the first fight.

He added: "Madison Square Garden was a humiliation, he went down four times – people wrote him off, said he had no heart, he quit.

"He went back, brushed himself down and went back to work to prove you all wrong, it was an absolute masterclass, a shut out, a way of boxing people didn’t believe he could do.

“He taught himself to box like that, the discipline was incredible. All the things no one thought he possessed – that’s because he’s getting better.

"What heavyweight has resume like him? Give him respect, he has changed the face of boxing. A great individual with a big heart.

"The strength he has shown is unbelievable. When was the last time we had a role model like this? We should be so proud."

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