In what’s been called the biggest upset since Douglas Buster KO’d ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson in 1989, Andy Ruiz Jr. stunned the world to take the WBA ‘Super’, WBO, IBF and IBO titles from Anthony Joshua.
Ruiz climbed up from the canvas to deliver a sensational performance to knock Joshua down four times which eventually prompted referee Mike Griffin to halt proceedings in round seven.
In doing so, Ruiz became the first Mexican-American fighter to become heavyweight champion of the world.
Questions will now be raised as to how Joshua will respond after tasting his first professional defeat in the sport. Promoter Eddie Hearn revealed ‘AJ’ will meet Ruiz in a rematch towards the end of the year with the fight taking place in the UK.
“The rematch will be in the UK in November or December. Now we’ll see what AJ is about, this will be a big rematch but Ruiz deserves it,” Hearn stated.
While this proves to be a huge upset, Joshua can come again and will be favorite when the pair meet again in the British shores.
However, it’s a big blow to DAZN who had high hopes of turning Joshua into a superstar Stateside.
There were mixed responses from the boxing fraternity, especially from his fellow heavyweight rivals on social media.
Lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury tweeted: “We have our back and Forth’s but @anthonyfjoshua changed his stars through life. heavyweight boxing, these things happen, rest up, recover, regroup and come again.”
“Heavyweight boxing, these things happen. Rest up, recover, regroup and come again.”
Dillian Whyte was quick to respond to Fury’s tweet, giving a one-worded reply: “P***y.”
WBC titlist Deontay Wilder also weighed in on the shock defeat. The American couldn’t resist a dig at the former unified heavyweight champion.
He said: “He wasn’t a true champion. His whole career consisted of lies, contradictions and gifts. Facts and now we know who was running from who.”