In a classic tweet on Monday evening, former world champion Ishe Smith paid tribute to advisor Al Haymon after scooping the entire heavyweight division.
Pictured as ‘Thanos’ from the Avengers franchise, Haymon was mocked up on Smith’s timeline with an Infinity Gauntlet holding all the titles.
Al Haymon sitting at the crib like pic.twitter.com/FghRqh0ofg
— Ishé Oluwa Kamau Ali Smith (@IsheSugarShay) June 4, 2019
Andy Ruiz Jr. was plucked from obscurity earlier this year to replace Jarrell Miller. The Mexican-American challenged four-belt champion Anthony Joshua in New York.
Last Saturday evening, and against all the odds, Ruiz Jr. pulled off the biggest heavyweight shock since Tyson Fury dethroned Wladimir Klitschko.
In the process, Haymon completed the set of top division belts. What makes things worse is that Eddie Hearn paid Haymon for the privilege.
A rematch is planned for later in the year, where Hearn will hope to wrestle back control of the most lucrative weight class.
Joshua was out of sorts. He’s rumored to be considering an extended break from the sport, rather than facing Ruiz again.
Odds have been released for the return in the wake of the upset. Ruiz is at 5/2 to repeat the feat. Originally, the 29 year-old was 16/1 or more.
A second win for Ruiz, possibly in the UK, would cement Haymon as the most powerful man in the sport. Joshua faces being locked out of the straps for good.
Ruiz, after one or two defenses, could then push towards an undisputed unification with Deontay Wilder in 2020.
Wilder holds the WBC version. Ruiz, for his part, took the IBF, WBO, IBO and WBA championships from AJ with a seventh round stoppage.
Down four times, Joshua looked a shell of his usual self amidst rumors of a sparring knockout just days before fight week.
As WBN reported, Joey Dawejko put Joshua down in a training session. The incident certainly had some effect on Joshua’s psyche.
Given time to regroup, it’s hoped Joshua will be able to piece himself back together for what should be a massive event on British soil later this year.
For now, Haymon holds all the cards as Hearn ‘clearly didn’t go for the head’. The move could end up ‘costing’ the Matchroom boss ‘everything’ the heavyweight division has to offer.