Congratulations Andy Ruiz!!!! He is the first Mexican Heavyweight Champion in history!!! Stops Joshua in 6 rounds!!!
Andy Ruiz Jr. shocked the world and scored an upset seventh-round TKO win over Anthony Joshua to become the WBO, IBF and WBA Heavyweight champion.
Ruiz came in as +1125 underdog to score one of the biggest upsets in heavyweight championship boxing history.
The win made Ruiz the first Mexican heavyweight champion of the world.
Who is Andy Ruiz Jr.?
Actually, he’s the heavyweight champion of the world.
Yep. Ruiz defeated Anthony Joshua on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden, knocking him down in the seventh round with a flurry of punches. Another knockdown followed, and the fight was stopped as the crowd looked on in amazement. Ruiz is now the W.B.A., I.B.F., W.B.O. and I.B.O. heavyweight champion.
What was the highlight of the fight?
Round three. Joshua put Ruiz down, leading fans and commentators to expect a quick finish. Then stunningly, 30 seconds later, Ruiz caught Joshua with a left hook, putting the champ on the mat. He knocked him down again just before the round ended. Joshua got up at the count of 8, then was saved by the bell.
Some are calling it boxing’s round of the year.
I guess it was an upset.
To say the least. The fight frankly was designed mostly to introduce Joshua to an American audience (he had never previously fought outside the United Kingdom).
Joshua was 22-0 with 21 knockouts and had amassed an alphabet soup of world titles. His victims included the longtime champion Wladimir Klitschko.
Ruiz was a substitute, added to the bout in April after the previously scheduled opponent, Jarrell Miller, tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs. He was not ranked among the world’s 10 best heavyweights by The Ring Magazine.
Though Ruiz was 32-1, the fighters he had beaten were not world class, and his chances were widely dismissed. It was not hard to find odds of 15-1 or more for him to defeat Joshua.
Tell me about the new champ.
He’s 29 years old, born in California near the Mexico border. He fought for Mexico in qualifiers for the 2008 Olympics. (He didn’t make it.)
Ruiz is the first fighter of Mexican descent to win the heavyweight title. Mexican fans follow boxing avidly, but have mostly paid attention to the lower weight classes, and boxers like Julio Cesar Chavez, Canelo Alvarez and Juan Manuel Marquez. Ruiz’s success could change that.
What did Ruiz have to say after the fight?
“I wanted to prove everybody wrong, all the doubters thinking I was going to lose. I can’t believe I just made my dreams come true.”
Frankly, he doesn’t look that fit.
I know what you mean. Joshua is an imposing physical presence at 6 feet 6 inches, 247 pounds. Ruiz is 6-foot-2 and — yikes! — 268. He also has, let’s say, something less than a six-pack in the gut. Still, he was fit enough to knock down Joshua four times and complete the amazing upset.