Andy Ruiz Jr shocks the world and destroys Anthony Joshua to claim heavyweight titles

The replacement opponent, a no-hoper in the eyes of many, peeled himself off the canvas to drop ‘AJ’ four times in a stunning upset.

Andy Ruiz Jr drops Anthony Joshua.
Andy Ruiz Jr drops Anthony Joshua.
Image: Frank Franklin II

ANTHONY JOSHUA’S BID to make a splash in his US debut ended in misery for the three-belt heavyweight world champion with a stunning loss to underdog Andy Ruiz at Madison Square Garden on Saturday.

Ruiz, a replacement opponent and no-hoper in the eyes of many, recorded a monster upset, knocking down Britain’s Joshua four times to take the WBA, IBF and WBO titles.

Ruiz came into the fight as a massive 20-1 underdog. But he won it in the middle of the seventh round when the referee stopped it at 1:26 of the round after the fourth knockdown.

Ruiz, sent to the canvas once himself, knocked Joshua down twice in the third round and twice more in the seventh.

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Joshua had a massive height and reach advantage as he weighed in at a chiselled 255 pounds compared to the portly Ruiz, who beefed up to 268 pounds compared to 259 for his most recent fight.

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Ruiz, who has won four fights in a row, looked fearless and poised while Joshua — who had won all 22 of his previous bouts — never seemed to recover from the first knockdown early in the third.

The new champion becomes Mexico’s first ever in the heavyweight division.

© – AFP, 2019

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