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Anthony Joshua loses Heavyweight Titles After Shock Defeat To Andy Ruiz Jr In New York

Andy Ruiz Jr has sensationally stopped British champion Anthony Joshua in the seventh round in New York on Saturday to record one of boxing’s biggest ever shocks. He only took on a heavyweight title fight with just five weeks’ notice.

Joshua started the fight brightly, knocking down Ruiz who weighed in at 121k in the third round.

The challenger responded with two knockdowns of his own later in the same round.

Joshua got back on top in the fifth, but Ruiz regrouped and began to work the champions’ body again in the sixth, sapping Joshua’s energy before landing his decisive blow in the seventh.

Joshua was knocked down a further two times in the seventh round the second after a flurry of punches before the referee waved the fight off to hand Ruiz a win by technical knockout.

Ruiz said after the fight:

“This is what I have been dreaming about and I cannot believe I made my dreams come true”

“[The third round knockdown] was my first time getting dropped on the floor but it made me want it even more and I just thank God.

“I have got that Mexican blood in me and that just proved it.”

“I could sense Joshua was hurt but I didn’t want to throw everything at it, I just wanted to work the body and stick to the game plan. Right now, I just want to celebrate and I made history for Mexico. It means everything.”

Joshua, previously undefeated in 22 professional fights, was defending his IBF, WBA and WBO titles.

Joshua said after the fight:

“Boxing is a tough sport, but I train hard and I got beaten by a good fighter”

“It will be interesting to see how far he goes, but this is all part of the journey.

“I’m a fighter by heart, boxer by trade, it has got people talking and there’s more life in the heavyweight division. When your legs are all over the gaff, you are trying to stabilise.

“Congratulations to the first Mexican heavyweight champion.

“This is the risk we take, every fighter deserves respect so congratulations to him. I respect every fighter, this is all part of the legacy, it’s how strong I came back.

“He’s a champion for now, I shall return.”

Promotor Eddie Hearn said that Joshua “got sloppy” and that the result was one of heavyweight boxing’s great shocks.

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