While Andy Ruiz Jr still cannot believe that he has defeated the unified heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua, he wants to dedicate this huge upset win to all the guys who have been counted out because of their size.
The Mexican-American boxer challenged Joshua last Saturday at the mecca of boxing, the Madison Square Garden, for the IBF, WBA, and WBO heavyweight titles.
It was the second time Ruiz Jr fought for a title after his defeat to Joseph Parker in 2016 for the vacant WBO heavyweight championship – his first loss in 34 outings.
He was picked as the late replacement for Jarrell Miller, who became ineligible to fight after getting flagged for an anti-doping violation.
Considered as the heavy underdog in this heavyweight showdown, Ruiz Jr. pulled off a miracle of biblical proportion as he dealt Joshua the first loss of his boxing career in an emphatic manner.
He also made history as he became the first Mexican heavyweight champion.
A little more than a year ago, Andy Ruiz Jr., representing himself as his own manager, was offered $30,000 to fight Anthony Joshua. Last night, he got $7 million for the fight. Now, as heavyweight champ, he will make even more. pic.twitter.com/zTUXpNpL8r
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) June 2, 2019
With the odds stacked against him, Ruiz turned to his poise and power to do the improbable and spoiled Joshua’s boxing debut in American soil.
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.”
Anthony Joshua beaten!
By this fella.
It's a great world we live in. pic.twitter.com/ko9S604hic
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) June 2, 2019
For The Underdogs
A day after the historic win, Ruiz Jr has taken to Twitter to issue an inspirational statement about his victory over the heavily-favoured Joshua.
“Since no other heavyweight wanted to take the fight was I supposed to not believe in myself??
This fight is for all my underdogs who are always counted out all my fat boys who are never given a chance overlooked simply for their weight.”
Since no other heavyweight wanted to take the fight was I supposed to not believe in myself?? This fight is for all my underdogs who are always counted out all my fat boys who are never given a chance overlooked simply for their weight #snickers #joshuaruiz https://t.co/5iKujIQGnI
— AndyRuizjr (@Andy_destroyer1) May 1, 2019
In the post-fight interview, Joshua admitted that he was too complacent going into this fight that a rematch clause was not even placed.
“I didn’t even ask about a rematch clause because I was so confident I was going to win,” Joshua revealed, per The Guardian.
“If it’s there, we’ll go again and I’ll get the titles back. I’m going to beat him up.”
“I’m not dwelling on it. You just correct it, you adjust, you sit down, you focus and you go again.”
(Featured Image Source: Instagram/Andy Ruiz Jr.)