Ruiz hoping extra pounds make difference against Joshua

Ruiz hoping extra pounds make difference against Joshua

Earlier tonight (Sat. June 1, 2019) Andy Ruiz Jr. shocked the boxing world in NY.

New Zealand boxer Joseph Parker has fought both Ruiz Jr and Joshua.

Meanwhile, challenger Ruiz (32-1) acknowledged some nerves on the eve of the biggest fight of his career.

Ruiz won it at 1:27 by TKO in the seventh round to become the surprise champ in a bout that had shades of Buster Douglas' upset over Mike Tyson in 1990.

He recovered from being knocked down in the third round to send the Brit to the canvas twice himself in a thrilling three minutes of drama. He was defending his slices of the heavyweight title - Wilder has the other one - and although he gave away more than 20 pounds to the 5-11 Ruiz, enjoyed massive advantages in height, reach and athletic ability.

The Mexican-American knockout artist handed Anthony Joshua his first career loss, taking the unified heavyweight title home in the process.

A dejected Anthony Joshua was all class during his post-fight interview with DAZN.

Ruiz (33-1, 22 KOs) has been underestimated because of his physique, but he knew what was at stake and how fortunate he was to get a second chance at a world title.

Joshua was expected to make light work of his opponent on his US debut at Madison Square Garden as he defended his three world heavweight titles.

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"This is what I have been dreaming about, I can't believe I just made my dreams come true", Ruiz said.

Wilder, Fury and Joshua operate with different broadcasters in the USA, making negotiations between the three more complex.

"The speed got him", said Ruiz.

Joshua got up after the third knockdown and fourth knockdowns in the seventh but he spat out his mouthguard and the referee waived it off while he leaned on the ropes.

Ah, but there's this little annoyance for WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO champion Joshua: Ruiz.

Let's not take anything away from Andy Ruiz Jr, what he achieved is remarkable, and it's already going down as one of boxing's biggest upsets.

Andy Ruiz Jr is now the heavyweight champion of the world.

"I think Mexico has a champ in every weight and now we have a heavyweight champion".

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