Deontay Wilder would take off Andy Ruiz

Boxing sensation: this is how Andy Ruiz jr. Favorite Anthony Joshua

Heavyweight Andy Ruiz Jr. caused the boxing surprise at the weekend: on Saturday evening he beat the big favorite Anthony Joshua K.o .. in a hot fight.

Totally surprisingly, the favorite Anthony Joshua had the world championship fight against the outsider Andy Ruiz Jr. on his US debut in New York's Madison Square Garden. by technical knockout lost in the seventh round. The Briton (21 K.o.), who had previously been undefeated in 22 fights, had to hand over the titles of the major associations WBO, WBA and IBF to his overweight conqueror.

Joshua paid "great respect"

The beaten Joshua paid "great respect" to his opponent and said: "Sorry to my friends and supporters for disappointing them." Since his triumph over Wladimir Klitschko in 2017, the 29-year-old has been considered the measure of all things in the heavyweight division, but Joshua drowned against the ten centimeters smaller and less trained Ruiz, whose stomach spilled over his waistband. He found no right remedy against the nimble hands of the American.

But Joshua is soon to come back, whose promoter Eddie Hearn has announced a rematch for this year. "We're doing the rematch in the UK in November or December."

Ruiz completely excited

Ruiz was meanwhile completely excited and jumped wildly through the ring. "I thank God that he gave me this victory. I dreamed of it, I worked hard for it," said the new title holder, who was rewarded for his great courage. The 33rd victory in the 34th professional fight for the man with Mexican roots was also so surprising because Ruiz jumped in at short notice. Joshua's actual opponent, Jarrell Miller (USA), was refused a combat license because of a positive doping test at the end of April.

In front of 20,000 raging spectators in the third round it looked like a win for Joshua when he sent the opponent to the ground with a left hook. But Joshua gave up his cover too often and was sent to the ground twice himself.

Once again, the defending champion was able to save himself during the break and subsequently regained control. But in the seventh round, Ruiz picked up the pace again, bravely stepped forward and sent the Olympic champion from London 2012 onto the boards twice with his lightning-fast combinations.

Like a "mexican warrior"

In the hour of his triumph, Ruiz proudly pointed out that he was now Mexico's first heavyweight world champion. He only digested the precipitation in the third round because "I'm a Mexican warrior," said the 29-year-old.

The boxing world was amazed. "Big surprise, Ruiz defeated Joshua and boxing is exciting again," tweeted legendary George Foreman. The triumph for Ruiz is indeed one of the great sensations in heavyweight boxing and is reminiscent of Mike Tyson's loss to James "Buster" Douglas in Tokyo in 1990.


Joshua's opponent Tyson Fury gave his compatriot consolation. "Something like that happens (...): Take a rest, get fit and come back," Fury wrote on Twitter. WBC champion Deontay Wilder, however, said: "He wasn't a true champion. His entire career has been made up of lies and contradictions."