Mark Conlon02 Jun 2019 AT 09:17 AM

Boxing world stunned as Ruiz Jr beats Joshua

Anthony Joshua suffered the first defeat of his career as Andy Ruiz Jr landed a seventh-round knockout
Mark Conlon02 Jun 2019 AT 09:17 AM
Boxing world stunned as Ruiz Jr beats Joshua

Andy Ruiz Jr produced a huge shock to defeat Anthony Joshua and claim the Brit’s IBF, WBO and WBA world heavyweight titles.

On a dramatic night of boxing at New York’s Madison Square Garden, Ruiz knocked Joshua to the canvas an unbelievable four times, with the bout eventually stopped in the seventh round.

It was the first defeat of Joshua’s career and a massive shock, but in truth he could have no complaints.

Joshua had floored Ruiz in the third round, but was then knocked to the canvas twice himself before the three minutes were up.

Ruiz continued his onslaught and knocking Joshua down on two more occasions in the seventh round. By this point, the Brit, who had spat his gumshield out, looked a beaten man, and the fight was called to a halt, bringing an end to his unbeaten run.

Make no mistake, this was a monumental shock, and one which leaves Joshua’s reputation on the slide. For now, all the speculation about him securing lucrative fights against either Tyson Fury or Deontay Wilder will have to be put on hold as he attempts to regroup and bounce back.

"This is what I have been dreaming about and I cannot believe I made my dreams come true," said a delighted Ruiz.

Joshua, meanwhile, paid tribute to his opponent.

"I got beaten by a good fighter," he said. "It will be interesting to see how far he goes, but this is all part of the journey.

"He's a champion for now, I shall return."

After the fight, promoter Eddie Hearn said it’s likely the two men will meet in a rematch later in the year.