Anthony Joshua tormented by ‘Drake Curse’ after shocking Ruiz upset

Anthony Joshua tormented by ‘Drake Curse’ after shocking Ruiz upset

With his jaw-dropping stoppage of Anthony Joshua, Andy Ruiz Jr.is now 33-1 overall.

Ruiz, the first fighter of Mexican descent to win a heavyweight title, stirred memories of Buster Douglas and other heavyweight shockers when the massive underdog knocked down Joshua twice in the third round and two more times in the decisive seventh to stake his claim to shares of the heavyweight crown.

Tyson Fury, Joshua's critic-in-chief, emphasised how Joshua had changed his life through boxing....

"I can't believe I just made my dream come true, the sky is the limit", Ruiz said in the ring after the victory.

When Frank Sinatra sang "if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere" in reference to NY, it became an instant slogan for the city.


Though Deas admitted he was shocked to see AJ chopped down by Mexico's first ever heavyweight world champion, he always felt Ruiz was a "risky" opponent. "Against Klitschko, I was just exhausted".

Which is exactly how the matchup between Joshua and Ruiz was viewed.

If he can banish his New York City demons, he simply has to make fights with Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury to rebuild his reputation.

'AJ has a bit of work to do (but) If he can come back, and knock Andy out. people have short memories, all will essentially be forgiven and it'll be the biggest fight that can be made once again'.

Stay tuned to BJPenn.com for more updates on the riveting rise of the new champ Andy Ruiz. In the overwhelming majority of boxing matches that take place, even an uninitiated viewer can pick out who is supposed to win on pure optics alone, and generally be correct. After the second knockdown, Joshua walked to his corner and leaned on the ropes, as the official Mike Griffin called a halt to the action. He was in total control of the fight but he got sloppy and never recovered.


Joshua was undefeated, with 22 wins including 21 knockouts, against Ruiz (32-1, 21 KOs).

NY might be where you come to make a name for yourself, but the boxing ring is where you find out who you truly are.

For Joshua, it's back to challenger status, a setback that will cost him the megafight he craved this year. Instead, Joshua gets a shot at regaining his titles in front of upwards of 80,000 adoring fans while giving former undisputed cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk (16-0, 12 KOs) more time to acclimate himself to the division. (But) this was a knockout loss, it is a hard one.

"So I can't tell you there was a problem, no excuses".


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