Ruiz takes Joshua’s WBA, IBF, and WBO belts

Published June 2, 2019, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Anthony Joshua’s bid to make a splash in his US debut ended in misery for the three belt heavyweight world champion with a stunning loss to underdog Andy Ruiz at Madison Square Garden on Saturday.

Ruiz recorded a monster upset, knocking down Britain’s Joshua four times to take the World Boxing Association (WBA), International Boxing Federation (IBF) and World Boxing Organization (WBO) titles.

Andy Ruiz, right, heads for a neutral corner after knocking down Anthony Joshua (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Andy Ruiz, right, heads for a neutral corner after knocking down Anthony Joshua (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Ruiz came into the fight as a massive 20-1 underdog. But he won it in the middle of the seventh round when the referee stopped it at 1:26 of the round after the fourth knockdown.

Ruiz, sent to the canvas once himself, knocked Joshua down twice in the third round and twice more in the seventh.

Joshua had a massive height and reach advantage as he weighed in at a chiselled 255 pounds compared to the portly Ruiz, who beefed up to 268 pounds compared to 250 for his most recent fight.

Ruiz, who has won four fights in a row, looked fearless and poised while Joshua – who had won all 22 of his previous bouts – never seemed to recover from the first knockdown early in the third.

 
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