Triple World Champion, Anthony Joshua, was currently considered the best heavyweight boxer. The fight against his Mexican American Counterpart, Andy Ruiz jr., should be pure formality for the Briton. But then a miracle happens in New York.
The American boxing pro Andy Ruiz jr. defeated the sensational defending champion Anthony Joshua on Saturday night (local time) in the Madison Square Garden of New York and is the new heavyweight world champion of the WBO, WBA and IBF associations. The blatant outsider won in the seventh round by technical knockout, previously Ruiz had knocked down the British boxer four times . The 29-year-old is the first heavyweight champion with Mexican roots.
"I thank God for giving me this victory, that's what I dreamed about, I worked hard for it, I can not believe I've just made my dream come true," Ruiz said. Defeated Joshua (29) gave his conqueror "great respect" and said, "Sorry to my friends and supporters, that I have disappointed them."
While Ruiz celebrated his 33rd victory in his 34th professional fight, Joshua claimed his first defeat in his first fight outside his home country (22 wins). However, Ruiz had only stepped in at short notice, after Joshua's actual counterpart Jarrell Miller (USA) had been denied the necessary combat license because of a positive drug test at the end of April.
After a cautious start in front of 20,000 spectators, the fight in the third round seemed to take its course as Joshua sent knocking down by Ruiz with a hard-hitting left. Ruiz continued, the former champion, Joshua, went down again, but could save himself in the break.