Anthony Joshua out of sorts, Wembley return a legacy enhancer
World Boxing News staff writer Ian Aldous gives his perspective from New York after taking in Andy Ruiz Jr. v Anthony Joshua on Saturday night.
The morning after the night before. I’ve been trying to collect my thoughts of what actually transpired, but it all seems a bit of a blur.
Myself, and the thousands of Britons in attendance at Madison Square Garden wandered away from the world famous arena quietly and almost sombrely.
From the moment the first bell sounded, the former unified world heavyweight champion was painfully hesitant. I can barely recall him throwing more than one or two right hands in the opening six minutes of a contest we were all led to believe would be a cakewalk for AJ.
When he dropped Ruiz Jr. in the third, it felt like normality had resumed. But, what followed was simply stunning.
Joshua, almost stopped on his feet and down twice looked void of all energy and a man about to lose his world championships. He hung in bravely and attempted to regain his energy reserves by taking a round off.
More combinations from Ruiz Jr. landed. It was a great advert for speed. His hands were too fast for Joshua to move away from.
Having been in the arena since the very first contest, the whole night felt like a special one. Britain invaded The Garden and it almost felt like we were back home at O2, such was the amount of Brits inside.
It turned to be a special night, not for British boxing, but for Ruiz Jr. and Mexico – now it’s first world heavyweight champion.
Attention now turns to the rematch.
Joshua/Ruiz Jr. 2 is something I didn’t expect we’d ever witness, and now, Joshua’s legacy hangs in the balance until that second battle is settled. Wembley, 90,000 fans, sounds like a plan.
Ian Aldous is a staff writer for World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @ian7685
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