Andy Ruiz Jr. had a month and a half to get ready for an incredible battle.
He’ll have a lifetime to praise one of boxing’s greatest heavyweight shockers.
An enormous longshot simply like Buster Douglas, Ruiz thumped down British victor Anthony Joshua multiple times, and the last two in the seventh round demonstrated the unequivocal blows.
Ruiz, the primary fighter of Mexican drop to win a heavyweight title, topped one of boxing’s epic surprises to win Joshua’s offers of the heavyweight title Saturday night at Madison Square Garden.
“I simply feel so great, man,” Ruiz said. “This is the thing that I’ve been imagining about, this is what I’ve been really going after for. I can’t trust I simply made my fantasies work out as expected.”
Ruiz carved his name in heavyweight legend by TKO at 1:27 in the seventh round to turn into the unexpected champ in a session that had shades of Douglas’ resentful about Mike Tyson for the heavyweight title in 1990. Ruiz scarcely was on anybody’s heavyweight radar when he was gathered as a substitution to battle the undefeated Joshua before a pressed Garden.
Thought about a joke by fans, all Ruiz did was command the British victor and utilize a TKO to turn his life and the heavyweight division topsy turvy. Ruiz piled on 32 wins without beating numerous fighters of note and strolled into the ring with a waistline that will require a supersized title belt.
Ruiz, an overweight warrior out of Southern California, missed the mark in his solitary other shot at a world title, having lost on focuses to then-WBO champion Joseph Parker in December 2016.
Ruiz even cautioned Joshua before the battle: “Don’t belittle this little fat kid.”
The 270-pound pudgy heavyweight thumped Joshua down twice in the third round and did it two additional occasions in the seventh before arbitrator Mike Griffin finished the battle. Joshua was woozy and appeared to falter toward the wrong corner after the last blow.
Ruiz ventured in the wake of battling on April 20, when he ceased Alexander Dimitrenko. Jarrell Miller’s fizzled medication tests sent the challenger to the sideline and made ready for Ruiz’s surprising title shot. Ruiz (33-1, 21 KO’s) caught the chance and made boxing history to win the WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO titles. He brought his arms up in festivity and hopped around the ring as his corner immediately mobbed him and a wild festival commenced.
“I have that Mexican blood in me,” he said. “Discussing the Mexican style? I simply demonstrated it.”
The genuine stun may have been that the Garden was stuffed on a Saturday night for a battle few expected to be aggressive. Indeed, Ruiz is up there with Douglas and Hasim Rahman for who-can-trust it wins, yet easygoing games fans don’t know the names of most boxing bosses — consider, rather than pay-per-see parties, this card was gushed by DAZN.
When ring host Michael Buffer declared the name of the judges “should this battle go all the way,” fans chuckled at the silly plausibility as Ruiz was an extreme dark horse.
Joshua (22-1, 22 KO’s) and Ruiz were both thumped down in an energizing third round that had the sellout horde of 20,201 yelling with every substantial hit. Joshua thumped down Ruiz right on time in the round and the guarantee of an early completion appeared seemingly within easy reach.
Ruiz, his trunks a bit unreasonably low for his stout casing, returned right and utilized an overhand right that shook the champ and sent him to the canvas. Joshua recuperated distinctly to get walloped in the corner. Ruiz thumped him down again in the last ticks of the round as fans in a doubting Garden group shouted “Goodness my God!” Again, Joshua beat the check, however the ringer spared the Brit from going a second longer in his debilitated state. Had it not been a title battle, maybe Griffin would have ceased the session.
Ruiz, whose father, a local of Mexico, got him into the exercise center when he was 6 and had his child in sessions a year later, shook up the boxing scene. Johsua was the fan most loved and had all the publicity for his first battle in the United States.
“If not for my father, I wouldn’t be here,” Ruiz said.
NBA star Kyrie Irving and rapper Meek Mill were among the big names in the house anticipating that Joshua should move to a success and set up increasingly aggressive, rewarding sessions against any semblance of Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder and a couple of other potential adversaries.
“Sorry I let my fans down, sorry I let my supporters down,” Joshua said.
Ruiz made some new ones.
“It is never over until it’s over with the Mexicans. God favor them. Congratulations Andy Ruiz,” previous UFC champion Conor McGregor tweeted.
More stunning, proprietor of the WBC crown, chose Friday to give Luis Ortiz a rematch. Ortiz battered Wilder for parts of their battle in mid 2018 preceding coming up short on gas and getting thumped out.
More out of control attempted to take the features this week when he reported his rematch with Fury was set for 2020. More out of control and Fury battled to a split attract December in Los Angeles, with Wilder holding his WBC heavyweight title in the wake of thumping down his British challenger twice.
Joshua rather makes a beeline for a conceivable rematch against Ruiz in the not so distant future.
Fans booed when Ruiz was appeared on the extra large screen holding a customized Knicks pullover. He exited to his public interview wearing the pullover — his royal celebration complete, a table brimming with title belts for him.
“My life is going to transform,” he said. “I don’t need to demonstrate to them no more.”