By Mark Elezaj
NEW YORK – Andy Ruiz Jr. shocked the world with what may be considered one of the biggest upsets in boxing history at Madison Square Garden tonight.
The underdog overcame a third round knockdown, got back up and dropped Joshua four times to win the fight by a seventh round technical knockout, after Referee Michael Griffin stopped the fight.
The third round could possibly go down as the best round of 2019.
“That was my first time getting dropped on the floor,” Ruiz said. “But you know what, it just made me stronger and made me want it even more. I just had to knock him down back.
“I didn’t want to throw everything that I got. I wanted to hunt him down even more, work the body, work the head and just listen to the game plan. We just pulled it off, man.”
Joshua was able to get his legs back over the next couple of rounds, but was rocked again in the sixth.
In the seventh round, Ortiz landed a right to the head that hurt the champion, and he continued to attack Joshua, sending him to the canvas once again. Joshua got back to his feet and tried to respond by throwing punches, but walked into a right hand that sent him to the canvas for a forth time, losing his mouthpiece in the process.
With the win, Ruiz has become the first Mexican heavyweight champion.
“I just feel so good, man!”, Ruiz Jr. said in his post-fight interview with Chris Mannix. “I just made history, baby – for Mexico!”
This was the first loss of Joshua’s career, and most likely, put a halt on any talks of a super fight between him and WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder.
“It’s no excuses, it’s my own fault,” Joshua said after the fight to Mannix.
After the fight, Eddie Hearn said that Joshua would exercise an immediate rematch clause.
~ The Fighting Voice ~