In an upset that rivaled Mike Tyson and Buster Douglas, a doughy Mexican named Andy Ruiz knocked out heavy favorite Anthony Joshua to claim the IBF, WBA, and WBO heavyweight titles. Joshua, a Brit that was previously undefeated (22-0) and making his American debut, was knocked down four times before the Italian referee said enough. The fight was a brawl from start to finish with Ruiz coming off the canvass himself early on. Ruiz, now 33-1 and after taking the fight on short notice, opened as a 10-1 underdog and was anywhere from 15 to 24-1 around Las Vegas by the time the fight started.
Joshua’s loss now leaves a heavyweight mega-fight between himself and American Deontay Wilder in limbo and the heavyweight division pretty much up in the air. Joshua has a rematch clause in his contract which he will unquestionably exercise and a rematch with Ruiz will likely take place in the UK at year’s end.
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