Andy Ruiz Jr knocked out Anthony Joshua in a monster upset to claim the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles on Saturday night in New York. The Mexican-American dropped AJ four times to make history as the first heavyweight champion from Mexico and end his opponent’s unbeaten streak.
The fight began with a tense couple of opening rounds as Joshua jabbed to make an impression while Ruiz Jr showed flashes of his impressive handspeed. In the third, the bout exploded into life as AJ put together a lightening-fast combination and dropped the challenger.
However, as he pursued the finishing blows, he was then caught himself by a gigantic left hook which scrambled his equilibrium.
Two knockdowns resulted from this and the champion only just survivedthe round by the skin of his teeth. AJ repeatedly found himself on the canvas
Between the fourth and sixth sessions, it seemed as though both men were in recovery from the firefight they’d just endured. Come the seventh, Joshua still hadn’t made it back to his best and was caught with a big counter once again.
Ruiz Jr piled on the pressure causing the Brit to collapse to the canvas twice within a couple of minutes. As he rose to his feet the second time, the referee called off the contest and, in doing so, crowned a new heavyweight world champion.
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