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Ruiz wins in an upset for the ages against Joshua

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Ruiz wins in an upset for the ages against Joshua

Ed Mulholland/Matchroom Boxing UK

Ruiz wins in an upset for the ages against Joshua

All eyes were on WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua as he made his American debut at Madison Square Garden Saturday night and he took on California’s Andy Ruiz Jr. And, for Joshua, it became an American horror story, as he was stopped in the seventh in an absolute stunner.

Joshua (22-1, 21 KOs) seemed to have the right idea at the beginning of this fight. Keeping Ruiz at a distance and avoiding his inside range. This made for a championship fight with very unappealing opening two rounds of boxing. However, once the third round happened, it was a tale of two battles.

Joshua was able to knock Ruiz down early in the third round, but from there this fight seemed to have shifted to Ruiz. Ruiz, he was able to get inside of the British champ and not only knock him down once, but twice in the third round, And, the second knockdown looked dire and Joshua was legitimately saved by the bell, as he got up to beat the count.

From there, the American debut for the British champion became an absolute nightmare.

Joshua kept his distance from Ruiz (33-1, 22 KOs) again in the middle rounds, realizing that Ruiz knocking him down looked like something that not only the boxing community expected, but also the champion. Then, the seventh round came around and it was a repeat of the third, forcing the referee Michael Griffin to end this fight with an amazing storybook ending for Andy Ruiz Jr.

He becomes the first Mexican Heavyweight champion ever in the world.

“I just want to thank God for giving me this victory. Without him this wouldn’t have been possible,” Ruiz said to DAZN after the fight. “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.”

The fighter who took this fight on six weeks notice goes from a replacement fighter expected to be quickly knocked out to heavyweight champion of the world.

“Big respect to Andy, big big respect,” Joshua said after the fight. “[He’s a] good fighter. Thank you America. Thank you everyone for coming out this evening. Sorry I let my friends down, sorry I let my supporters down.”

Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn congratulated Ruiz Jr. after the fight and mentioned in a DAZN interview that there would be an immediate rematch in the United Kingdom set for early next year.

So, after seven rounds in Madison Square Garden, the big three heavyweights are: Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury and make room for: Andy Ruiz Jr.

Marquis Johns

Marquis Johns is a unknown humorist and avid boxing fan. His love for the sweet science goes back to when matches were 15 rounds and has been covering fights since closed-circuit pay-per-views. Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth is not only a quote by Mike Tyson, it's also a pretty good reminder to keep your guard up.

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