It was a victorious day for Mexican heavyweight boxer, Andy Ruiz and his crew at the Madison Square Garden, United States of America, after he knocked out British-Nigerian champion, Anthony Joshua hereby carting away with all his titles – including the WBA, WBO and IBF Crown, making him Mexico’s first ever world heavyweight champion.
Ruiz Jr took the place of Jarrel Miller, AJ’s original challenger who tested positive for three different performance-enhancing drugs in three separate tests shortly after the fight was announced.
The Mexican came off the floor in the third round to drop Joshua twice before the end of the frame, in Joshua’s first ever first on US soil.
Then the 29-year-old Californian sent Joshua on the floor for a third time in the seventh round before referee Mike Griffin put a stop to the proceedings at the 1:27 mark.
The fight is easily regarded as one of the biggest upsets heavyweight boxing has ever seen after Buster Douglas Vs Mike Tyson and James Braddock Vs Max Baer in the history of the sport.
Speaking after the match, Joshua said:
“Boxing’s a tough sport,”
“I’ve trained hard, I’ve trained dedicated and I just got beat by a good fighter tonight.
“This is all part of the journey.”
Ruiz Jr also stated that it was a dream come true to become heavyweight champion of the world.
“This is what I’ve been dreaming about, what I’ve been working hard for, I can’t believe I just made my dreams come true.
“I just want to thank God for giving me this victory, without him this wouldn’t have been possible.
“I just felt so good. The sky’s the limit baby!”
Eddie Hearn, AJ’s promoter says a rematch is on the cards.
“We’ll make the rematch in the UK in November/December, but tonight is all about Andy Ruiz,” Hearn said.
The defeat marks Anthony Joshua’s first ever career defeat.
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