IBF, WBO and WBA Boxing Champion Anthony Joshua beaten by Andy Ruiz Jr

In what many boxing pundits have called one of the biggest upsets in the boxing history, Andy Ruiz has sensationally beaten the IBF, WBO and WBA Boxing Champion Anthony Joshua last night at the at Madison Square Garden, New York USA.

The Nigerian born Anthony Joshua, an impressive, rugged World Heavy Weight boxing champion with an impeccable record of  22 wins – 21 by knockout, was a 1-25 favourite with bookmakers. But, Ruiz proved many wrongs with his powerful jabs, flooring Joshua four times, before the referee stopped the fight in the seventh round, effectively handing Joshua his first ever defeat in his professional boxing career.

Although Joshua floored Ruiz with a left hook in the third round, it was the 29-year-old Ruiz that had the last say. The American Ruiz (born to Mexican parents) thrilled the approximately 19,000 spectators in the arena with his impressive performance. Clearly aware of Joshua’s devastating, powerful punches, Ruiz tried as much as possible to attack his opponent afar. Whenever Ruiz came close to Joshua, he made sure he landed as many punches as possible to tame his dangerous opponent before retreating.

With his defeat, the 29-year-old Joshua joins the likes of Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis, the boxing champions, who experienced a surprise defeat at the hands of underdogs in the persons of Buster Douglas on February 11, 1990, and Hasim Rahman in 2001 respectively. While Lewis successfully defeated Rahman in a rematch with a left-right combination, which sent Rahman crashing, the question is, can Joshua repeat the Lewis’ magic in a rematch with Andy Ruiz?

That calls for tough and tedious training. Although very few would doubt Anthony Joshua’s strength and determination, many see a rocky road ahead to the victory, however, judging from the impressive performance of Luiz. Having pulled this big upset in boxing history, it is hard to believe that Andy Ruiz would take a rematch as a piece of cake. Hardly not. He would do all it takes to keep his newly earned titles – plus millions and prestige that come with them intact.

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

With so much at stake, many boxing fans cannot wait to witness Anthony Joshua – Andy Ruiz Jr rematch.