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One dead in New Zealand volcanic eruption, more likely: police

One dead in New Zealand volcanic eruption, more likely: police

Police in New Zealand have confirmed one dead and at least another person was left in a critical condition when country's White Island volcano erupted suddenly on Monday, ading that the police say 'too dangerous' to carry out volcano rescue operations, leaving authorities scrambling to treat the injured and find those unaccounted for. AFP

Several people are unaccounted for, police have said on Monday. Police said 23 people had been rescued, but warned the number of dead was "likely" to rise. The area is currently too dangerous for a rescue operation.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the volcanic island -- also known as Whakaari -- off New Zealand's north coast had erupted while groups of tourists were visiting.

The PM confirmed that foreigners were among those caught in New Zealand volcano eruption.

"It is very much an evolving situation and of course all our thoughts are with those affected," she told reporters in Wellington, adding that an undetermined number of people were unaccounted for.


Police said the eruption occurred about 2:11pm local time (0111 GMT) and there had been around 50 people nearby -- fewer than the 100 officials originally estimated.


"Some of those people have been transported to shore, however a number believed to be on the island are currently unaccounted for," the force said in a statement.

"Of those transported to shore, at least one has been critically injured."

St John Ambulance said there were up to 20 people believed injured but medical teams were still en route.

"Emergency services are currently frantically trying to get these people back from the island to hospital for treatment," Whakatane mayor Judy Turner told AFP.

There were particular fears for a group of visitors seen walking on the crater floor moments before the eruption occurred.

Cameras providing a live feed from the volcano showed more than half a dozen people inside the rim before images went dark when the eruption occurred minutes later.


- 'Five made it back' -


The country's National Emergency Management Agency described the eruption as "moderate", although a thick plume of white ash could be seen for miles around.

Several helicopters and aircraft were seen in the area and survivors were pulled off the island in tour boats.

White Island is about 50 kilometres (30 miles) offshore in the picturesque Bay of Plenty and is popular with adventurous tourists willing to don hard hats and gas masks.

At least one group, four tourists and one pilot, who flew to the island on a Volcanic Air helicopter were accounted for, despite landing shortly before the eruption.



Police in New Zealand have confirmed one dead and at least another person was left in a critical condition when country's White Island volcano erupted suddenly on Monday, ading that the police say 'too dangerous' to carry out volcano rescue operations, leaving authorities scrambling to treat the injured and find those unaccounted for. AFP

Several people are unaccounted for, police have said on Monday. Police said 23 people had been rescued, but warned the number of dead was "likely" to rise. The area is currently too dangerous for a rescue operation.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the volcanic island -- also known as Whakaari -- off New Zealand's north coast had erupted while groups of tourists were visiting.

The PM confirmed that foreigners were among those caught in New Zealand volcano eruption.

"It is very much an evolving situation and of course all our thoughts are with those affected," she told reporters in Wellington, adding that an undetermined number of people were unaccounted for.


Police said the eruption occurred about 2:11pm local time (0111 GMT) and there had been around 50 people nearby -- fewer than the 100 officials originally estimated.


"Some of those people have been transported to shore, however a number believed to be on the island are currently unaccounted for," the force said in a statement.

"Of those transported to shore, at least one has been critically injured."

St John Ambulance said there were up to 20 people believed injured but medical teams were still en route.

"Emergency services are currently frantically trying to get these people back from the island to hospital for treatment," Whakatane mayor Judy Turner told AFP.

There were particular fears for a group of visitors seen walking on the crater floor moments before the eruption occurred.

Cameras providing a live feed from the volcano showed more than half a dozen people inside the rim before images went dark when the eruption occurred minutes later.


- 'Five made it back' -


The country's National Emergency Management Agency described the eruption as "moderate", although a thick plume of white ash could be seen for miles around.

Several helicopters and aircraft were seen in the area and survivors were pulled off the island in tour boats.

White Island is about 50 kilometres (30 miles) offshore in the picturesque Bay of Plenty and is popular with adventurous tourists willing to don hard hats and gas masks.

At least one group, four tourists and one pilot, who flew to the island on a Volcanic Air helicopter were accounted for, despite landing shortly before the eruption.



IMN: We Are Vehemently Opposed To Subjecting Sheikh Zakzaky To Further Hardships In Whatever Guise

IMN: We Are Vehemently Opposed To Subjecting Sheikh Zakzaky To Further Hardships In Whatever Guise


Press statement

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria condemns the wicked antics adopted today in court by the Kaduna state government through their prosecuting counsels aimed at humiliating our leader, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, and subjecting him to further hardships. These mischievous moves by the Elrufai government were equally meant to ridicule the formidable legal team of the Sheikh, who had consistently defeated their team in all cases thus far, including securing a landmark favourable judgement ordering the immediate release of the ailing Sheikh and his wife, both of whom the government is still detaining in contempt of a competent court order.

It will be recalled that the Kaduna state government had chosen a path of dishonour and shame in charging the Sheikh and his wife for aiding and abetting alleged offences they couldn’t prove in the same court against hundreds of his supporters.

They refused to diligently pursue the case, but rather use one flimsy excuse or the other to delay making any progress in the case because of their knowledge that they don’t have a case against them. When the court granted them medical leave to go and seek urgent medical attention in India, the government had opposed, trying to rather put obstacles on their paths.

Then they attempted to assassinate the Sheikh, with the active connivance of NIA, in India. That too was botched with the Sheikh opting to rather return to Nigeria. Since that return, the Sheikh and his wife have been largely held incommunicado. No contact with their legal representatives was given and only a minimal contact with doctors, and even that only after the Sheikh’s wife took seriously ill in detention.

We, therefore, take a very strong exception to the misinformation in court today (05/12/2019) that they were being allowed unfettered access to their legal representatives. To rub salt to injury, the prosecuting counsels had requested the court to order the immediate transfer of these very ill persons to the ill-equipped Kaduna Convict Prison rather than to a well-equipped medical facility.

The Kaduna prison is dilapidated and is without any medical facility. It was in that very prison that some survivors of the Zaria genocide of December 2015 died due to lack of medical attention. It can therefore never be a substitute for appropriately furnished medical facility that can take care of their urgent medical needs.

We view any attempt to take Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife to anywhere other than a hospital that is sufficiently equipped to handle their medical needs as punishing them further.

Their absence in court again today is even worrisome, because they were equally absent during the last court session because of what their counsel, Femi Falana, said at that time, was due to their deteriorating health conditions.

We, therefore, vehemently condemn any attempt at further subjecting Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife to more hardship. We reiterate our unequivocal demand for their immediate and unconditional release. We will never waiver or succumb, and will leave no stone unturned in our legitimate demand for his freedom.

SIGNED BY

IBRAHIM MUSA
PRESIDENT MEDIA FORUM
ISLAMIC MOVEMENT IN NIGERIA
SKYPE: Ibrahim.musa42
05/12/2019

Press statement

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria condemns the wicked antics adopted today in court by the Kaduna state government through their prosecuting counsels aimed at humiliating our leader, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, and subjecting him to further hardships. These mischievous moves by the Elrufai government were equally meant to ridicule the formidable legal team of the Sheikh, who had consistently defeated their team in all cases thus far, including securing a landmark favourable judgement ordering the immediate release of the ailing Sheikh and his wife, both of whom the government is still detaining in contempt of a competent court order.

It will be recalled that the Kaduna state government had chosen a path of dishonour and shame in charging the Sheikh and his wife for aiding and abetting alleged offences they couldn’t prove in the same court against hundreds of his supporters.

They refused to diligently pursue the case, but rather use one flimsy excuse or the other to delay making any progress in the case because of their knowledge that they don’t have a case against them. When the court granted them medical leave to go and seek urgent medical attention in India, the government had opposed, trying to rather put obstacles on their paths.

Then they attempted to assassinate the Sheikh, with the active connivance of NIA, in India. That too was botched with the Sheikh opting to rather return to Nigeria. Since that return, the Sheikh and his wife have been largely held incommunicado. No contact with their legal representatives was given and only a minimal contact with doctors, and even that only after the Sheikh’s wife took seriously ill in detention.

We, therefore, take a very strong exception to the misinformation in court today (05/12/2019) that they were being allowed unfettered access to their legal representatives. To rub salt to injury, the prosecuting counsels had requested the court to order the immediate transfer of these very ill persons to the ill-equipped Kaduna Convict Prison rather than to a well-equipped medical facility.

The Kaduna prison is dilapidated and is without any medical facility. It was in that very prison that some survivors of the Zaria genocide of December 2015 died due to lack of medical attention. It can therefore never be a substitute for appropriately furnished medical facility that can take care of their urgent medical needs.

We view any attempt to take Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife to anywhere other than a hospital that is sufficiently equipped to handle their medical needs as punishing them further.

Their absence in court again today is even worrisome, because they were equally absent during the last court session because of what their counsel, Femi Falana, said at that time, was due to their deteriorating health conditions.

We, therefore, vehemently condemn any attempt at further subjecting Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife to more hardship. We reiterate our unequivocal demand for their immediate and unconditional release. We will never waiver or succumb, and will leave no stone unturned in our legitimate demand for his freedom.

SIGNED BY

IBRAHIM MUSA
PRESIDENT MEDIA FORUM
ISLAMIC MOVEMENT IN NIGERIA
SKYPE: Ibrahim.musa42
05/12/2019

Rome's Meeting: What Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov discussed with Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs Israel Katz as Russian Putin is due visit to Israel

Rome's Meeting: What Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov discussed with Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs Israel Katz as Russian Putin is due visit to Israel

We discussed Iran and Syria, and emphasized the need to withdraw Iran from Syria, and the fact that Israel will continue to work to safeguard its security interests and prevent Iran's consolidation in Syria, with great care not to harm the Russian forces there.


On December 6 in Rome, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had a meeting with Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs Israel Katz on the sidelines of the international conference, The Mediterranean: Roman Dialogue. Russian foreign ministry said in a press release.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is schedule to visit the state of Israel in January 2020.

Israeli FM also attested to the meeting when he wrote on his verified Twitter handle @Israel_katz that he met in Rome with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov and congratulated the good relations between Israel and Russia. 

He said he brought up the topic of Naama Issachar, expressing hope that President Putin would accept the pardon requests he had made, and asked to increase the frequency of meetings between Naama and her family.

He added: "We discussed Iran and Syria, and emphasized the need to withdraw Iran from Syria, and the fact that Israel will continue to work to safeguard its security interests and prevent Iran's consolidation in Syria, with great care not to harm the Russian forces there.
@Israel_katz: נפגשתי כעת ברומא עם שר החוץ הרוסי לברוב וברכתי על היחסים הטובים בין ישראל לרוסיה. העליתי את נושא נעמה יששכר, תוך הבעת תקווה שהנשיא פוטין יקבל את בקשות החנינה שהוגשו לו, ובקשתי להגביר את תכיפות הפגישות בין נעמה למשפחתה.

Russia's source also confirmed that Sergey Lavrov and Israel Katz discussed a number of topical matters concerning bilateral affairs in the context of the preparations for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Israel in January 2020. 

They reaffirmed their striving to continue active political dialogue.

They also exchanged views on the situation in the Middle East focusing on the current situation in Syria and the state of affairs in the Palestinian-Israeli peace settlement.


On the President Putn's visit to Israeli, Katz said: "I welcomed President Putin's expected arrival in Israel in January for the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, and the inauguration of the monument to the Russian fallen in Leningrad's defense."

שוחחנו בנושאי איראן וסוריה, והדגשתי את הצורך להביא לנסיגת איראן מסוריה, ואת העובדה שישראל תמשיך לפעול לשמירת האינטרסים הבטחוניים שלה ולמניעת התבססות אירן בסוריה, תוך הקפדה גדולה שלא לפגוע בכוחות הרוסים שנמצאים שם.

We discussed Iran and Syria, and emphasized the need to withdraw Iran from Syria, and the fact that Israel will continue to work to safeguard its security interests and prevent Iran's consolidation in Syria, with great care not to harm the Russian forces there.


On December 6 in Rome, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had a meeting with Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs Israel Katz on the sidelines of the international conference, The Mediterranean: Roman Dialogue. Russian foreign ministry said in a press release.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is schedule to visit the state of Israel in January 2020.

Israeli FM also attested to the meeting when he wrote on his verified Twitter handle @Israel_katz that he met in Rome with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov and congratulated the good relations between Israel and Russia. 

He said he brought up the topic of Naama Issachar, expressing hope that President Putin would accept the pardon requests he had made, and asked to increase the frequency of meetings between Naama and her family.

He added: "We discussed Iran and Syria, and emphasized the need to withdraw Iran from Syria, and the fact that Israel will continue to work to safeguard its security interests and prevent Iran's consolidation in Syria, with great care not to harm the Russian forces there.
@Israel_katz: נפגשתי כעת ברומא עם שר החוץ הרוסי לברוב וברכתי על היחסים הטובים בין ישראל לרוסיה. העליתי את נושא נעמה יששכר, תוך הבעת תקווה שהנשיא פוטין יקבל את בקשות החנינה שהוגשו לו, ובקשתי להגביר את תכיפות הפגישות בין נעמה למשפחתה.

Russia's source also confirmed that Sergey Lavrov and Israel Katz discussed a number of topical matters concerning bilateral affairs in the context of the preparations for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Israel in January 2020. 

They reaffirmed their striving to continue active political dialogue.

They also exchanged views on the situation in the Middle East focusing on the current situation in Syria and the state of affairs in the Palestinian-Israeli peace settlement.


On the President Putn's visit to Israeli, Katz said: "I welcomed President Putin's expected arrival in Israel in January for the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, and the inauguration of the monument to the Russian fallen in Leningrad's defense."

שוחחנו בנושאי איראן וסוריה, והדגשתי את הצורך להביא לנסיגת איראן מסוריה, ואת העובדה שישראל תמשיך לפעול לשמירת האינטרסים הבטחוניים שלה ולמניעת התבססות אירן בסוריה, תוך הקפדה גדולה שלא לפגוע בכוחות הרוסים שנמצאים שם.

Israeli FM meets president-elect of Guatemala who promises to move country's embassy to Jerusalem, declares Hezbollah as a terrorist organization

Israeli FM meets president-elect of Guatemala who promises to move country's embassy to Jerusalem, declares Hezbollah as a terrorist organization

Says Ronaldo deserves to swing the Champions League trophy at least one more time


Israel's Foreign Minister Israel katz today in Italy met the elected Guatemalan President Alejandro Giamatai.

Katz, while in Itaty for  diplomatic meetings, thanked him for his warm attitude to Israel and the decision to move the embassy to Jerusalem.

Israeli FM, after a talk about state relations said he was pleased to announce that as soon as the president-elect took office he would declare Hezbollah a terrorist organization
"I now met the elected Guatemalan President Alejandro Giamatai. I thanked him for his warm attitude to Israel and the decision to move the embassy to Jerusalem. Talk about state relations, and I was pleased to announce that as soon as he took office he would declare Hezbollah a terrorist organization and, as Israeli friends said, my friends and enemies were enemies."

"I met with the president-elect of #Guatemala @DrGiammattei. I thanked him for his special relationship with Israel and the decision to move the embassy to Jerusalem. I was glad for his announcement that, upon entering the position, he will declare #Hezbollah as a terrorist organization"

@Israel_katz Me reuní con el presidente electo de #Guatemala
@DrGiammattei. Le agradecí por su relación especial con Israel y la decisión de trasladar la embajada a Jerusalén. Me alegré por su anuncio de que, tras su entrada al cargo, declarará al #Hezbollah como organización terrorista.

Ronaldo deserves to swing the Champions League trophy at least one more time

Israeli Fm Katz C. Ronaldo in Italy
The Foreign Minister also met the Juventus farward Christiano Ronaldo said he conveyed the warm greetings from Israeli fans to Ronaldo & his team mates.

He said Ronaldo is a great player and deserves to win the trophy at least once more.

@Israel_katz
וגם בונוס לביקורי המדיני באיטליה: פגישה עם רונאלדו, בופון וכל כוכבי יובנטוס. הוא נתן לי את דגל המועדון והחולצה מספר 7, ואני מסרתי לו ד״ש מאוהדיו הרבים בישראל ואיחולי הצלחה בליגת האלופות. רונאלדו שחקן ענק מגיע לו להניף את הגביע לפחות עוד פעם אחת.


"And a bonus for my political visit to Italy: a meeting with Ronaldo, Buffon and all the stars of Juventus. He gave me the club flag and shirt number 7, and I gave him a greeting from one of his many fans in Israel and best wishes for the Champions League. Ronaldo a huge player deserves to swing the trophy at least one more time."


@Israel_katz: In addition to my diplomatic meetings in Italy, I've had the pleasure to meet
@juventusfcen & its' stars.
I conveyed warm greetings from Israeli fans to Ronaldo & his team mates. Ronaldo is a great player & deserves to win the trophy at least once more.



Says Ronaldo deserves to swing the Champions League trophy at least one more time


Israel's Foreign Minister Israel katz today in Italy met the elected Guatemalan President Alejandro Giamatai.

Katz, while in Itaty for  diplomatic meetings, thanked him for his warm attitude to Israel and the decision to move the embassy to Jerusalem.

Israeli FM, after a talk about state relations said he was pleased to announce that as soon as the president-elect took office he would declare Hezbollah a terrorist organization
"I now met the elected Guatemalan President Alejandro Giamatai. I thanked him for his warm attitude to Israel and the decision to move the embassy to Jerusalem. Talk about state relations, and I was pleased to announce that as soon as he took office he would declare Hezbollah a terrorist organization and, as Israeli friends said, my friends and enemies were enemies."

"I met with the president-elect of #Guatemala @DrGiammattei. I thanked him for his special relationship with Israel and the decision to move the embassy to Jerusalem. I was glad for his announcement that, upon entering the position, he will declare #Hezbollah as a terrorist organization"

@Israel_katz Me reuní con el presidente electo de #Guatemala
@DrGiammattei. Le agradecí por su relación especial con Israel y la decisión de trasladar la embajada a Jerusalén. Me alegré por su anuncio de que, tras su entrada al cargo, declarará al #Hezbollah como organización terrorista.

Ronaldo deserves to swing the Champions League trophy at least one more time

Israeli Fm Katz C. Ronaldo in Italy
The Foreign Minister also met the Juventus farward Christiano Ronaldo said he conveyed the warm greetings from Israeli fans to Ronaldo & his team mates.

He said Ronaldo is a great player and deserves to win the trophy at least once more.

@Israel_katz
וגם בונוס לביקורי המדיני באיטליה: פגישה עם רונאלדו, בופון וכל כוכבי יובנטוס. הוא נתן לי את דגל המועדון והחולצה מספר 7, ואני מסרתי לו ד״ש מאוהדיו הרבים בישראל ואיחולי הצלחה בליגת האלופות. רונאלדו שחקן ענק מגיע לו להניף את הגביע לפחות עוד פעם אחת.


"And a bonus for my political visit to Italy: a meeting with Ronaldo, Buffon and all the stars of Juventus. He gave me the club flag and shirt number 7, and I gave him a greeting from one of his many fans in Israel and best wishes for the Champions League. Ronaldo a huge player deserves to swing the trophy at least one more time."


@Israel_katz: In addition to my diplomatic meetings in Italy, I've had the pleasure to meet
@juventusfcen & its' stars.
I conveyed warm greetings from Israeli fans to Ronaldo & his team mates. Ronaldo is a great player & deserves to win the trophy at least once more.



Anthony Joshua tightlipped on future after reclaiming world titles

Anthony Joshua tightlipped on future after reclaiming world titles

Anthony Joshua hailed his fans after beating Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia


Ad Dir'īyah (Saudi Arabia) (AFP) - Anthony Joshua would not be drawn on his future plans after regaining his world heavyweight titles from Andy Ruiz on Saturday.
The British star won back his WBA, IBF and WBO belts with a one-sided unanimous defeat of Ruiz in Diriyah outside Saudi Arabia's capital.

The victory reinstates Joshua as a major player in boxing's most glamorous division, and instantly renews speculation about a possible unification superfight with WBC champion Deontay Wilder.

But Joshua, 30, said while he remained open to a fight with the unbeaten Wilder, he would not "chase" the fight.

"It's difficult to unite them," said Joshua, who had seen negotiations with Wilder's camp fall flat several times before his defeat to Ruiz in June.

"We'll see what happens. Chasing that fight wasn't playing to my benefit, so I'm going to let the path takes it course.

"When the opportunity presents itself to become unified heavyweight champion I'll take it."

Ruiz meanwhile is eager for a third meeting with Joshua. Although Joshua indicated he would be happy to face the Mexican-American again, that fight is unlikely to happen anytime soon.

In the short term, Joshua faces mandatory title defenses against IBF challenger Kubrat Pulev and WBO contender Oleksandr Usyk.


Promoter Eddie Hearn also declined to elaborate on Joshua's future plans.

"Tonight's about celebrating victory," Hearn said. "We'll speak to the governing bodies and see who goes first."

"We are going to celebrate. Anthony Joshua is an amazing ambassador for the sport. Tonight, in Saudi Arabia, he becomes the two-time heavyweight champion of the world and that is beautiful.

"They wrote him off. They said he was all hype. He had to come back from humiliation at Madison Square Garden. Tonight, he is the governor. The governor of the division."

Joshua, meanwhile, said he had never doubted his ability to regain the titles despite his shocking defeat in New York, when Ruiz knocked him down four times in one of heavyweight boxing's greatest upsets.

"I've said it was like sitting an exam," Joshua said. "I failed the exam first time. This time though I studied, prepared and I just knew I was going to pass."

Joshua also defended his cagey tactical style, saying he had consciously avoided being sucked into a slugfest against the hard-hitting Ruiz.

"There were times when I looked in Andy's eyes and I wanted to put my fist through his head," Joshua said.

"But this is boxing. It's dangerous. I had a gameplan, I had a strategy and I wanted to follow it through.

"I can knock people out when I want to, and I can box when I want to. Tonight was just about winning.

"If I box for the crowd, or box for other people's opinions, I might not have been victorious. So I'm just going to follow my instincts and box for myself."

Anthony Joshua hailed his fans after beating Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia

Anthony Joshua has sent a heartfelt message to his fans on Instagram following the reclamation of his world title belts.

The Sheffield-trained boxer wrote: “My hope is that someone sees my page and decides not to give up. Clean hearts win.”

Joshua followed up that post by hailing his team, saying: “Strategy & loyalty! I’m not perfect but I’m trying, another defining moment for British boxing.

“Thank you to all my team, a night we will remember & thank you Ruiz Jr. we made history 2X.”



Anthony Joshua hailed his fans after beating Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia


Ad Dir'īyah (Saudi Arabia) (AFP) - Anthony Joshua would not be drawn on his future plans after regaining his world heavyweight titles from Andy Ruiz on Saturday.
The British star won back his WBA, IBF and WBO belts with a one-sided unanimous defeat of Ruiz in Diriyah outside Saudi Arabia's capital.

The victory reinstates Joshua as a major player in boxing's most glamorous division, and instantly renews speculation about a possible unification superfight with WBC champion Deontay Wilder.

But Joshua, 30, said while he remained open to a fight with the unbeaten Wilder, he would not "chase" the fight.

"It's difficult to unite them," said Joshua, who had seen negotiations with Wilder's camp fall flat several times before his defeat to Ruiz in June.

"We'll see what happens. Chasing that fight wasn't playing to my benefit, so I'm going to let the path takes it course.

"When the opportunity presents itself to become unified heavyweight champion I'll take it."

Ruiz meanwhile is eager for a third meeting with Joshua. Although Joshua indicated he would be happy to face the Mexican-American again, that fight is unlikely to happen anytime soon.

In the short term, Joshua faces mandatory title defenses against IBF challenger Kubrat Pulev and WBO contender Oleksandr Usyk.


Promoter Eddie Hearn also declined to elaborate on Joshua's future plans.

"Tonight's about celebrating victory," Hearn said. "We'll speak to the governing bodies and see who goes first."

"We are going to celebrate. Anthony Joshua is an amazing ambassador for the sport. Tonight, in Saudi Arabia, he becomes the two-time heavyweight champion of the world and that is beautiful.

"They wrote him off. They said he was all hype. He had to come back from humiliation at Madison Square Garden. Tonight, he is the governor. The governor of the division."

Joshua, meanwhile, said he had never doubted his ability to regain the titles despite his shocking defeat in New York, when Ruiz knocked him down four times in one of heavyweight boxing's greatest upsets.

"I've said it was like sitting an exam," Joshua said. "I failed the exam first time. This time though I studied, prepared and I just knew I was going to pass."

Joshua also defended his cagey tactical style, saying he had consciously avoided being sucked into a slugfest against the hard-hitting Ruiz.

"There were times when I looked in Andy's eyes and I wanted to put my fist through his head," Joshua said.

"But this is boxing. It's dangerous. I had a gameplan, I had a strategy and I wanted to follow it through.

"I can knock people out when I want to, and I can box when I want to. Tonight was just about winning.

"If I box for the crowd, or box for other people's opinions, I might not have been victorious. So I'm just going to follow my instincts and box for myself."

Anthony Joshua hailed his fans after beating Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia

Anthony Joshua has sent a heartfelt message to his fans on Instagram following the reclamation of his world title belts.

The Sheffield-trained boxer wrote: “My hope is that someone sees my page and decides not to give up. Clean hearts win.”

Joshua followed up that post by hailing his team, saying: “Strategy & loyalty! I’m not perfect but I’m trying, another defining moment for British boxing.

“Thank you to all my team, a night we will remember & thank you Ruiz Jr. we made history 2X.”



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