The boxing world was shocked on Saturday night after British sensation Anthony Joshua absorbed the first defeat of his professional boxing career at the hands of Andy Ruiz Jr.
American heavyweight Andy Ruiz Jr stepped in as the replacement for Jarrell Miller in Joshua’s boxing debut in American soil at the Madison Square Garden in New York.
Joshua, 29, was slated to lock horns with the undefeated Miller but the latter failed multiple drug tests ahead of the fight, which made him ineligible to compete against for the June 1 bout.
It was the second time Ruiz will fight for a world title, following a decision loss to Joseph Parker in 2016 for the vacant WBO heavyweight championship – the Mexican-American’s lone loss in 34 professional bouts.
After this loss, Ruiz cruised to three straight wins including a first-round knockout of Devin Vargas.
Marching as the heavy underdog against AJ, Ruiz did the improbable and pulled off one of the biggest upsets in the heavyweight history by knocking out the defending champion.
Anthony Joshua beaten!
By this fella.
It's a great world we live in. pic.twitter.com/ko9S604hic
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) June 2, 2019
Ruiz Shocks The World
With the odds stacked against him, Ruiz turned to his poise and power to spoil Joshua’s debut in the US and handed him his first loss in his career.
Ruiz showed great heart as he scored two knockdowns in the third round before he punched the soul of out of Anthony Joshua’s body in the seventh round for the finish.
With the unexpected victory, which is being compared to James Douglas’ finish of Mike Tyson in 1990, Ruiz became the first Mexican-American heavyweight champion as he snatched the IBF, WBA and WBO titles from the Briton.
“I just want to thank God for giving me this victory. Without him this wouldn’t have been possible,” Ruiz stated in the post-fight interview, per CBS Sports.
“This is what I have been dreaming about. This is what I have been working hard for, and I can’t believe I just made my dreams come true.”
Watch Ruiz’s shocking knockout of Anthony Joshua in the video below:
Part Of The Legacy
In the aftermath of his lone career loss, Joshua said ‘boxing is a tough sport’ and getting beaten is part of the whole journey and his legacy.
“Boxing is a tough sport, but I train hard and I got beaten by a good fighter, it will be interesting to see how far he goes, but this is all part of the journey,” the British heavyweight told Sky Sports Box Office.
He then congratulated his opponent for a historic feat before he vowed to come back stronger on his inevitable return.
“This is the risk we take, every fighter deserves respect so congratulations to him.”
“I respect every fighter, this is all part of the legacy, it’s how strong I came back.’
“He’s a champion for now, I shall return.”
Two photos. Two unforgettable moments.
Andy Ruiz pulls off one of the biggest upsets ever, defeating Anthony Joshua to become the first Mexican-American heavyweight champion ever. pic.twitter.com/b0ieDQOzU0
— Tylt Sports (@tyltsports) June 2, 2019
Can Anthony Joshua rise from adversity?
We can’t wait for the rematch!
(Featured Image Source: Instagram/Anthony Joshua and Twitter/Sky Sport Boxing)