Andy Ruiz Jr. stunned the boxing world by dropping Anthony Joshua four times and ultimately winning the fight against the man that is considered by many to be the best boxer on the planet. Andy Ruiz, who went into this fight with a 32-1 record was a huge underdog. Anthony Joshua is much taller, had a longer reach, and was a -2500 favorite according to experts while Ruiz was +1100.
The first two rounds were “feel out” rounds for both fighters and not much had happened. One thing that looked to catch AJ off guard was Ruiz’s counter-punching. Ruiz is known for his fast hands, but being the smaller fighter forced him to try to get inside. This gave Joshua more chances to tag Ruiz, except Ruiz did a fantastic job of answering all of Joshua’s shots and not allowing him to put together combinations.
The action really started to take place in the third. Joshua was able to knock Ruiz down in the third round after an uppercut landed clean on the chin of Ruiz. Ruiz answered with a knock down of his own after a flurry of hard hooks were able to break Joshua’s guard. Ruiz’s power had left Joshua hurt for the remainder of this fight and Joshua got out of his game plan after being knocked down. He went down a second time in the third round after being caught by a couple of quick punches from Ruiz. He was able to survive the third round but it was clear that Ruiz had him hurt and he knew it.
Joshua gained his composure over the course of the next couple of rounds but looked very winded at the end of the sixth. Ruiz knocked AJ down two more times in the sixth and even though Joshua got up both times, the ref called a stop to the contest and Ruiz pulled off one of the greatest upsets in the history of boxing.
After agreeing to the fight just weeks earlier, Andy Ruiz Jr. handed AJ his first loss of his professional career and now holds all four of Joshua’s heavyweight championship belts.