Andy Ruiz Jr shocked the boxing world by defeating Anthony Joshua at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night.
It was a massive upset, one of the biggest in the history of heavyweight boxing.
Ruiz was a huge outsider going into the fight. In fact, he was only facing Joshua as the Englishman's originally slated opponent, Jarrell Miller, failed a drug test in the build-up.
The referee called a halt to the fight in the seventh round after Ruiz knocked Joshua down twice in the round and for the fourth time overall.
He shocked the world Andy Ruiz JR beats Joshua. The 20-1 underdog has taken the IBF, WBO and WBA World Heavyweight titles. This has to be the biggest boxing upset of the last decade. #AnthonyJoshua pic.twitter.com/bfmylDcXDt
— Saleh Shehu Ahmed (ASHAKA) (@AshakaSaleh) June 2, 2019
Joshua had been cruising early on, taking the first two rounds. In the third, it looked as though he was heading towards an easy victory when he knocked down the Mexican-American.
However, Ruiz powered back. He knocked Joshua down twice. The Olympic gold medallist was uneasy on his feet after being hurt and was saved by the bell at the end of the third.
The victory means that Ruiz is now the IBF, WBA and WBO champion of the world.
— Segun_thebook (@SSnetwoork) June 2, 2019