Against all the odds Andy Ruiz has beaten Anthony Joshua with a 7th round TKO. With some bookmakers having Ruiz at a whopping 33/1 this is one of the biggest upsets in boxing history. Having completed only a 6 week training camp and looking far from being in tip top condition, Ruiz has done the impossible and turned the heavyweight division on its head.
Starting out with an even first round, Ruiz showed he was not lacking in courage when facing Joshua, taking up a position in the centre of the ring. He continued in the second round absorbing some good shots from Joshua whilst still coming forward, demonstrating a solid chin and taking blows that would have seen many floored.
Coming into the third were scenes like something from a Rocky movie, with Ruiz first hitting the canvas but returning the favour and dropping Joshua on two separate occasions. Joshua appeared to be saved by the bell with his legs practically gone at the end of the round.
From then on nobody could have predicted what was to come and as Joshua regained some composure and a more cautious couple of rounds followed. Many would then have backed Joshua to overcome with his much lengthier training camp and superior physical fitness. Throughout the sixth Ruiz continued to work at his opponents body, something which many fighters have not done previously against Joshua. This appeared to work well and the energy was sapped from the champion.
Going into the 7th round and Joshua was again dropped for the third time in the fight, receiving a mandatory 8 count. Then again quickly after and it was clear to see he had lost the will to go on with the referee stopping the fight.
A truly incredible night of boxing and one that will stick firmly in the memories of all who witnessed it.