Andy Ruiz Jr. left the world in a collective state of shock last night, TKO’ing the heavily-favoured champion Anthony Joshua in Madison Square Garden.
And it really was a massive shock – one that will be remembered amongst the biggest upsets the sport has ever known.
Not that the talents possessed by Ruiz were any surprise to those in-the-know, but given Joshua’s status as one of the most popular and marketable fighters in the sport and the fact that the seeing his opponent come out on top in the manner that he did was nothing short of incredible.
For a while, though, it did seem like it was going to be business as usual for the unbeaten Watford native as he sent his opponent to the canvas in the third round for the first time.
However, Ruiz was able to rebound immediately – blasting through the Englishman, knocking him down twice in the space of the remaining minutes of the round to completely shift the momentum back in his favour.
From there, his unmistakably Mexican style of persistent pressure began to wear on his opponent until in the seventh round – where Ruiz really started to put it on him.
After knocking him down for the first of two times, the clearly exhausted Joshua was able to continue with the ref’s blessing before being swarmed just moments later.
Turning to his corner in a show of what appeared to be desperation, the referee took one long look at him before calling the fight there and then.
This is how the Destroyer became the first Mexican heavyweight champ. RT @Nissi_Icasiano: Here is the clip of Andy Ruiz's shocking seventh-round TKO of Anthony Joshua. #JoshuaRuiz #boxing pic.twitter.com/pkVQcQ8gRN
— PHSports LiveScores (@LiveScoresPH) June 2, 2019
The clearly elated Ruiz, who took the fight on short-notice expressed his joy at upsetting the odds to become the WBA, WBO, IBO, and IBF heavyweight champion of the world.
"I cant believe I just made my dream come true, the sky is the limit!"
Andy Ruiz Jr becomes the first Mexican heavyweight champion of the world! ??
— Sky Sports Boxing (@SkySportsBoxing) June 2, 2019
Joshua took to his official Twitter page to congratulate his opponent on an upset that ranks among the most shocking of the era.
This is Andy’s night, congratulations Champ ?? pic.twitter.com/5gE8uFx4MG
— Anthony Joshua (@anthonyfjoshua) June 2, 2019
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena