Joshua lighter for Ruiz Jr. heavyweight showdown

Joshua lighter for Ruiz Jr. heavyweight showdown

Andy Ruiz Jr defied the odds to sensationally upstage Anthony Joshua and dethrone the unified world heavyweight champion via a seventh-round TKO. The match, which marked his first ever fight in the US, was also Joshua's first career loss.

It doesn't seem that Joshua has worked up the enmity for Ruiz that he carried for Miller - their news conference announcing the fight was a mud-slinging festival.

Back when he was set to fight Miller, Joshua was trying to market the fight and even posted a photo on social media of himself with Drake.

He'll have a lifetime to celebrate one of boxing's biggest stunners in heavyweight history.

It's a risky game to be playing if his total focus isn't on the upcoming opponent at Madison Square Garden, even if Ruiz is a 30-1 underdog.

Ruiz, who was born in San Diego and carries a U.S. passport, considers himself Mexican and is now the first heavyweight champion of Mexican descent.

"Tomorrow night, I put the titles in the air and they're up for grabs", Joshua said.

Ruiz again floored Joshua and referee Mike Griffin ended the bout to hand the Mexican one of the greatest shock victories of all time.

If Fury wants to make sure he gets his rematch against Wilder, he'll have to defeat Tom Schwarz in their fight which is slated for June 15th on ESPN+.

Joshua got up at the count of eight but it was late in the round and he was saved by the bell.

Ah, but there's this little annoyance for WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO champion Joshua: Ruiz.

Ruiz, whose father, a native of Mexico, got him into the gym when he was 6 and had his son in bouts a year later, stunned the boxing world.

One of the first to pile on Joshua was Wilder who tweeted, "He wasn't a true champion".

The two fought in December when Wilder defended his WBC world heavyweight title against Fury in a split draw.

But in addition to his unbeaten record and impressive physique, it was Joshua's ability to see tickets in the United Kingdom that makes him an especially attractive opponent for Wilder.

Considering only Parker has gone the distance with Joshua, and Ruiz tested Parker bigtime, maybe the American will provide a challenge.

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