Andy Ruiz scores shocking TKO over Anthony Joshua

Boxing- Anthony Joshua v Andy Ruiz Jr-- Madison Square Garden New York United States

Boxing- Anthony Joshua v Andy Ruiz Jr-- Madison Square Garden New York United States

Having only taken the fight on 15 weeks notice Ruiz produced one of the biggest upsets in boxing by inflicting Joshua's first ever defeat in his professional career, taking the IBF, WBA "Super" and WBO titles and realising a childhood dream in the process.

As a response to Wilder tabbing Ortiz as his next fight, Joshua, while speaking with Sky Sports on Thursday, named everyone from Kubrat Pulev to Oleksandr Usyk, Michael Hunter, Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte as a possible next opponent following Ruiz.

"This is what I have been dreaming about", Ruiz said. I trained hard, I stayed dedicated.

"That was the first time I've been down on the floor and it just made me stronger".

Others, inevitably, pointed to Joshua's pledge ahead of the fight that he would break the infamous "Drake Curse", after posing with the rapper who has supposedly cast a jinx on anyone he supports.

Ruiz knocked Joshua down twice in the third round and twice more in the seventh before the fight was waved off.

"I don't want anyone to drown in their sorrow", Joshua said. "It's about the long-run, not the short run".

The tweet, which started the night with just 19 replies, has since found new viral life and has over 18 thousand retweets. Unfortunately when you have to learn on the job, sometimes in the biggest of arenas, something can go wrong.

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Joshua finished on his feet as the referee looked into his glazed eyes during the...

Joshua (22-1, 22 KO's) and Ruiz were both knocked down in an electrifying third round that had the sellout crowd of 20,201 howling with each heavy hit.

Meanwhile, Ruiz had hoped his hand speed and applying constant pressure would give Joshua trouble. Joshua had been decidedly less spectacular in his ensuing three fights - a 10th-round TKO of Carlos Takam in October 2017, a unanimous decision over Joseph Parker in March 2018 and a seventh-round TKO of Alexander Povetkin in his most recent fight last September.

"I just feel so good, man", Ruiz said. I just wanted to hunt him down even more and work the body.

Also on Thursday, following their press conference face-off, Joshua inexplicably let Ruiz hold his belts. But the challenger opened up in the seventh, unleashing a flurry of punches that put Joshua down again.

With his jaw-dropping stoppage of Anthony Joshua, Andy Ruiz Jr.is now 33-1 overall. Instead, Joshua gets a shot at regaining his titles in front of upwards of 80,000 adoring fans while giving former undisputed cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk (16-0, 12 KOs) more time to acclimate himself to the division. "I'm still a champ and I will rectify it to get the belts back".

"AJ got sloppy", Hearn said. "He looked flat at times". Now we'll see what AJ's about.

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