By Gabriel Ameh, The Sight News
Andy Ruiz Jr produced one of the biggest shocks in the history of heavyweight boxing to rip Anthony Joshua’s IBF, WBO and WBA world heavyweight titles from him and tear up the division’s proposed plot lines.
In a truly remarkable fight at New York’s Madison Square Garden, Ruiz floored Joshua four times en route to a seventh-round stoppage, which stunned this famous arena and handed the Briton his first defeat as a professional.
Joshua was a 1-25 favourite with bookmakers, with 22 wins – 21 by knockout – going into the fight.
He will now join the likes of Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson as dominant champions to suffer losses which brought the sport to a standstill.
“I got beaten by a good fighter,” said 29-year-old Joshua. “It will be interesting to see how far he goes, but this is all part of the journey.
“He’s a champion for now, I shall return”, Joshua stated.
Meanwhile, Ruiz Jr. on the other hand, said he knew he would beat Joshua even though they overlooked him due to the way he looks.
“I think they looked over me. I think they should have paid attention to me first before looking to fight Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury, because I feel they looked over me and started planning fights instead of focusing on me,” said Ruiz Jr. at the post-fight news conference.
“I don’t think they knew I was going to come out like that and make it difficult for Anthony,” Ruiz said. “So we got the victory, and we’re happy. I just think that with the way that I look, and the extra flab that I carry [it caused Joshua and Hearn to overlook him].”
“Before this fight in all my interviews, I said I would rather fight anything than any other heavyweight out there that had belts. I knew I could beat him. I knew my abilities was going to give him trouble. The speed; I knew he opened up too much. Of course, the speed, the movement [was too much for Joshua].
“I could have been more aggressive, but I wanted to take my time each round, and let my hands go when he let his hands go. I think that’s when I caught him as well. The body shots [gave him problems]. He’s a warrior. He got up every single time I put him down. I think we were both warriors in there,” Ruiz remarked.