By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Anthony Joshua was knocked out on Saturday night. Andy Ruiz Jr. dominated the mega fight at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Ruiz Jr. — who was a massive underdog against Joshua — TKO’d Joshua in the seventh round. The referee waved the fight off Joshua ‘yes’ if he wanted to fight, but didn’t move forward.
The body language of Joshua showed that he did not want to continue. He also turned to his corner — potentially looking for a way out — and putting his gloves on the ropes.
Ruiz Jr. dominated the fight. He had more than four knockdowns and had Joshua off of his game throughout the entire fight.
The only highlight for Joshua is knocking down Ruiz Jr. in the third round.
“Because of the Mexican Warrior that I am,” Ruiz Jr. said. “I got that Mexican blood in me. People are talking about the Mexican style, but I just proved it.”
With the win, Ruiz Jr. is the first Mexican-American Heavyweight Champion. He won the WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO Heavyweight Championship belts.
“That means everything,” Ruiz Jr. said of being a Mexican-American heavyweight champion. “This is what I’ve been dreaming about since I was six years old. If it wasn’t for my dad, I wouldn’t be here.”
This is Ruiz Jr.’s first title since retaining the NABF heavyweight title on Sept. 10, 2016 when he defeated Franklin Lawrence.
Ruiz Jr. — who got the fight on short notice after Jarrell Miller was banned from competing — improved to 33-1 in his career. He now has 22 wins by knockouts.
The Imperial Valley, California native has now won four straight bouts. But this is the biggest win of his career.
Joshua said after the bout that he wants an immediate rematch. The rematch will be in London, England.
This is Joshua’s first loss in his career. He fell to 22-1 in his career.
This was also Joshua’s American debut on the biggest stage in the Mecca of the World in The Garden.
“Big respect Andy,” Joshua said in defeat. “He’s a good fighter. Thank you America; thank you everyone, who came out this evening. Sorry I let my fans down. Sorry I let my supporters down. I’m going to be making a move — big respect and enjoy this move — but we’re going to be seeing each other soon.”