Fat chance: Ruiz set to reign as heavyweight champion

Fat chance: Ruiz set to reign as heavyweight champion

Joshua, 29, was making his USA debut and defending his International Boxing Federation, International Boxing Organization, World Boxing Association and World Boxing Organization World Heavyweight titles against Ruiz before the loss. "I just shocked the world, and I'm the first Mexican heavyweight champion". "This is what I have been working hard for, and I can't believe I just made my dreams come true".

After dropping Ruiz with a left hook in the third round, Joshua looked to be on his way to yet another stoppage victory and seventh defense of his titles.

He would continue to connect periodically for the next few rounds, until he really found his mark in the seventh, dropping Joshua twice more.

"I just got beaten by a very good fighter tonight.", Joshua said.

While a third asked: "Who's the under dog for the rematch?"

In what will go down in history as one of the biggest upsets in boxing history, Ruiz stopped the 198cm Joshua in the seventh round. After the second knockdown, Joshua walked to his corner and leaned on the ropes, as the official Mike Griffin called a halt to the action. Time was 1:27. Andy Ruiz is the new heavyweight champion! "I just had to knock him down back". Listen, tonight was his night but AJ will come back 100% and we will make the rematch in the United Kingdom in November or December.

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Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn said the rematch clause is now "must-win" for his prized fighter, because another loss and there will be "nothing after that".

For Joshua, it's back to challenger status, a setback that will cost him the megafight he craved this year. "We don't have to struggle no more".

Sold-out Madison Square Garden was packed with Joshua's British countrymen who made the trip across the pond expecting to see him smoke Ruiz, who was a massive underdog, but it became his waterloo and crushed the chance of an undisputed championship fight between Joshua and Deontay Wilder.

It may have felt like five years too late when Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao finally squared off in 2015, but Pacquiao's scary knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez three years prior did nothing to limit the financial possibilities of that bout. After signing with Premier Boxing Champions before his April win over Alexander Dimitrenko, Ruiz seemed as unlikely as Wilder to cross the political street and end up on DAZN facing Joshua.

For the heavyweight division however, and more specifically, for Ruiz, one win changed everything.

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