Undefeated British-Nigerian Boxer, Anthony Joshua has suffered the first defeat of his professional career in a shock loss to Andy Ruiz Jr at Madison Square Garden.
Anthony Joshua was stunned by the unfancied Ruiz, who sent the former champion to the mat four times en route to becoming the new IBF, WBA (Super) and WBO champion in front of a stunned New York crowd at his first US debut at one of boxing’s hallowed venues.
Ruiz was dropped by Joshua early in the third round but responded emphatically, dropping the champion twice with the Olympic champion never truly recovering.
Joshua came forward with another flurry in the seventh round but again, left himself open with Ruiz capitalizing magnificently – sending the champion down for the third time in the contest.
Moments later, he was down again, leaving the surreal image of Joshua on all fours spitting his gumshield out, bereft of ideas and confidence.READ ALSO
Referee Mike Griffin stepped in to end the contest before more damage was done.
Ruiz had taken the fight on less than six weeks’ notice following Jarrell Miller’s failed drugs test in what was his second crack at world title gold, having fallen short against Joseph Parker in his only professional defeat.
Derided for his unconventional physique, Ruiz produced a performance that will send shock waves through the sport. A rematch clause means the two will likely meet again later this year.
For now, Joshua joins the likes of Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson in the fraternity of once-dominant champions to suffer stunning defeats.
Remorseful Anthony Joshua Reacts To Defeat, Tells Fans He’s Sorry
‘I’m sorry I let my friends and supporters down’ – Anthony Joshua reacts after shocking defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr.
The sold-out crowd in New York which was largely in favor of Anthony Joshua were left stunned and silent when the champion was knocked out in the 7th round of last night’s bout by Andy Ruiz Jr.
Joshua, previously undefeated, was defending his IBF, WBA and WBO titles but was knocked down four times before underdog Ruiz was awarded a technichal knockout.
Reacting after the match, Joshua said, “big respect to Andy, big big respect. He’s a good fighter. Thank you America. Thank you everyone for coming out this evening. Sorry I let my friends down, sorry I let my supporters down.”
He went on to say, “there’s no excuses. It’s my own fault. I got caught with a big shot. Congratulations to him. I would have preferred it to be Deontay Wilder, do you know what I mean? But it wasn’t. It was Andy Ruiz, and he deserves it, and the fame and fortune he’s about to receive.
“I don’t want anyone to kind of drown in their sorrows. This is boxing. It’s all the same. It just wasn’t my night. It was Andy Ruiz’s night. You know what? It’s good for the TV”.
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