(CNN)Anthony Joshua reclaimed the WBO, IBF and WBA heavyweight titles from Mexican-American Andy Ruiz Jr. in Saudi Arabia's "Clash on the Dunes" on Saturday night.
Britain's Joshua won a unanimous decision from the judges in Diriyah, near Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh.
He avoided trading big blows with Ruiz the entire fight, instead dancing around the ring and landing jabs and hooks when he found the opportunity.
But with the venue for the promotion heavily criticized by human rights groups, Joshua sported further controversy with remarks he made post-fight, using the term "decapitate" in an interview with American broadcaster DAZN.
"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."