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Massive Shock As Anthony Joshua Loses Three Belts To Underdog, Andy Ruiz Jr |RN

Anthony Joshua has been beaten by unfancied Mexican fighter Andy Ruiz Jr in one of the biggest shocks in heavyweight boxing history. The Briton, 29, has lost all three of his IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles after being stopped in the seventh round in front of a disbelieving 20,000-strong crowd at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Andy Ruiz Jr knocks down Anthony Joshua in the first round of their heavyweight title fight
© Getty Andy Ruiz Jr knocks down Anthony Joshua in the first round of their heavyweight title fight

He had spent much of rounds four to six recovering from what was possibly the most damaging round of his career in the third, during which he was knocked down twice.

a man standing in front of a store: The referee brought the fight to an end in the seventh round
© Getty The referee brought the fight to an end in the seventh roun

Ruiz sent him to the deck two more times in the seventh round, and – despite returning to his feet – referee Mike Griffin stepped in to bring the clash to an end.

It was the first time Joshua had tasted defeat, leaving his underdog opponent to become the first ever Mexican-American heavyweight world champion.

a person in a boxing ring: Joshua lost all three of his heavyweight titles
© Getty Joshua lost all three of his heavyweight titles “This is what I have

“This is what I have been dreaming about and I cannot believe I made my dreams come true,” said Ruiz, who Joshua managed to knock down once in the third round.

“That 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. Right now, I just want to celebrate. I made history for Mexico.”

Joshua was not in the mood to offer excuses for his performance and paid tribute to his opponent.

a man standing in front of a crowd: Ruiz jumps for joy after securing his win
© Getty Ruiz jumps for joy after securing his win He told Sky Sports Box

Office: “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.

“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.”

Joshua had beaten 22 opponents without defeat before his Saturday night fight against Ruiz, and apologised to his fans who had bought tickets for the match.

a man in a boxing ring: Joshua went down four times as Ruiz dominated the fight
© Getty Joshua went down four times as Ruiz dominated the fight

“Sorry I let my fans down,” he said.

Promoter Eddie Hearn said a rematch between the pair would likely be arranged for later in the year.

© Getty Joshua lost all three of his heavyweight titles “This is what I have

He said: “He will come back. It’s now down to the rematch and winning that fight. He must win that fight and he will do anything he can to regain his title. To get back to the heights he has been, he must win that rematch.” 

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BREAKING: Nigerian-British Boxer, Joshua Beats Klitschko To Become World Heavyweight Champion

By Ike A. Offor

The Nigerian-British boxing sensation, Anthony Joshua, the IBF champion with unbeaten record received his most stringent examining when he opposed Klitschko last night but emerged victoriously.

Vladimir Klitschko is the second longest reigning world heavyweight title holder ever.

The match was indeed a very interesting and sensational fight, which absolutely entertained the spectators to their satisfaction. Joshua was in his top form and boxed like a champion, he is.

Anthony Joshua dropped Vladimir Klitschko to the floor couple of times, the first drop to the floor came in the fifth round of the match, which drained his confidence and made him looked more like the contender than the champion he was.

Joshua made Klitschko hit the floor in the 11th round, the second time in the 50th min, of which the referee took a count and allowed him to continue.

Then Joshua came back to give him the barrages of hooks to the head, body and everywhere he could find to a defenseless Klitschko, forcing the referee to stop the fight at the 32nd minute to the end of the 11th round.

Anthony Joshua has proved himself an undisputed heavyweight champion, and he did that by beating the second longest reigning heavyweight champion of the world.

Kiltschko vs Joshua  title fight

The heavyweight champion fight between Vladimir Klitschko and Anthony Joshua

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