Monday, July 1, 2019

Anthony Joshua's shocking defeat to Andy Ruiz

I just heard that Anthony Joshua lost his fight against Andy Ruiz June 1st. I'm shocked. The Guardian is reporting that Andy Ruiz Jr sprang one of the biggest shocks in heavyweight championship history on Saturday night when he spoiled Anthony Joshua’s US debut with a seventh-round technical knockout at Madison Square Garden.

"The unheralded 29-year-old from southern California, a replacement opponent dialled in on five weeks’ notice who went off as a 11-1 underdog, came off the floor in the third round to drop Joshua twice before the end of the frame, then sent the undefeated champion crashing to the canvas for a third and fourth time in the seventh round before referee Mike Griffin put a stop to the proceedings at the 1:27 mark."

"This was no fluke. No lucky one-punch knockout that can be explained away by a silver-tongued promoter. Joshua was outboxed, out-toughed and beaten up on a night that turned boxing’s bellwether weight class on its ear."

"The fight is considered one of the biggest upsets in boxing history, drawing comparisons to Mike Tyson vs. Buster Douglas in 1990 and Lennox Lewis vs. Hasim Rahman in 2001. Ruiz also made history as the first ever Mexican world heavyweight champion." A rematch is in the cards.

Andy Ruiz came back hard and strong after getting knocked down in the third round. They call him the Mexican Rocky. Andy Ruiz trained with Freddie Roach for seven years.


  1. I saw the fight. My impression was that it wasn't much of a boxing match, more of a slugfest, it actually made some of the standup fighters in MMA look pretty good boxing wise, and we know how that works out...that said, Freddy Roach is a boxing trainer legend. Anyone who spends 7 years training with him is going to learn something. It will be interesting to see how long this lasts. I sure wish I'd taken those 11-1 odds though.... :biggrin:

    1. The highlights are online. Andy Ruiz came back hard and strong. He does have talent.

  2. You want to see a knockout, watch Francis Ngannou knock out K1 Champion Alistair Overeem....

  3. for my two cents worth, the most shocking fight was Sonny Liston and Mohammed Ali. I remember it well, in the 10th grade. It was all we talked about in Science class the next day, of course our teacher was Harry Jerome.

    But then I can remember seeing Archie Moore box also. Now that was a boxer.


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