Credit: DAZN. Pictured: Unified heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr. celebrates an upset win over Anthony Joshua.
- It was supposed to be a coronation for Anthony Joshua in his U.S. debut at Madison Square Garden.
- Instead, Andy Ruiz Jr. pulled off one of the biggest boxing upsets in recent memory.
In a flash, fans a Madison Square Garden went from chanting Anthony Joshua’s name to the tune of “Seven Nation Army” to collectively gasping as he hit the canvas not once, but twice in the third round. From there it was all downhill for Joshua and everyone who bet on him as a -5000 favorite.
Less than 15 minutes later, Ruiz Jr. did the unthinkable in a fight where he was the ultimate underdog. Ruiz became the first ever Mexican-American heavyweight champion after defeating Anthony Joshua by 7th-round TKO.
Ruiz closed as a 10-1 underdog to win at the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook, 14-1 to win at the FanDuel sportsbook and 20-1 to win by knockout.
It was Joshua who actually scored the first knockdown in the third round and looked as if he was on the verge of finishing the job. Ruiz, however, did not back down, climbing off the mat to floor Joshua four times throughout the fight including twice in the in the seventh round.
Ruiz absolutely bullied Joshua throughout the fight and out-landed the British star 56-47 in total punches, according to CompuBox.
Joshua appeared dizzy and even went to the wrong corner before referee Michael Griffin called the fight off.
Moving forward, this puts a potential super fight with WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder or lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury as far on the back burner as possible.
For now, Ruiz bettors can rejoice in their man pulling off something virtually nobody on the planet outside of his team could have predicted.
“Nobody would’ve known that I was gonna win. Nobody did,” Ruiz told reporters after the fight. “And everybody that bet on me is gonna make some serious money.”