British Anthony Joshua made his US debut on June 2 (AEDT). Going through the ropes at Madison Square Garden in New York City he faced Mexican Andy Ruiz Jr. in defense of his WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles. The latter replaced American Jarrell Miller, after the undefeated challenger failed a drug test, and the proposed bout with Cuban Luis Ortiz didn’t get locked in.
The Joshua vs. Ruiz championship bout headlined the fight card on DAZN in the United States and PPV on Sky Sports Box Office in the United Kingdom. The scheduled for twelve rounds contest ended prior to the final bell. The Mexican boxer, who was listed as 15 to 1 underdog, shocked the world of boxing by stopping previously undefeated Brit in the seventh round.
Ultimately Andy Ruiz Jr. has become the first-ever Mexican boxer to win world title in a heavyweight class, updating his record to 33-1, 22 KO. Anthony Joshua suffered the first defeat in his professional boxing career, dropping to 22-1, 21 KO.
— DAZN USA (@DAZN_USA) June 2, 2019
Post-fight both athletes took it to social media.
“This is Andy’s night, congratulations Champ,” Joshua posted on Twitter.
Meanwhile, Ruiz tweeted “who is next” question to the promoter Eddie Hearn.
@EddieHearn who is next??
— AndyRuizjr (@Andy_destroyer1) June 2, 2019
Nevertheless, Joshua is expected to face a newly crowned champion Ruiz for the second time in a bout taking place in the United Kingdom in November or December this year. According to reports, the former champion and his promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed they would activate a rematch clause in their contract.
Andy Ruiz Jr. def. Anthony Joshua by TKO (R7 at 1:33)