Andy Ruiz Jnr stunned the world by winning the heavyweight title fight against British boxer of Nigerian descent Anthony Joshua with a seventh round technical knockout (TKO) at the Madison Square Garden.
The 29-year-old entered the ring as an underdog but fought bravely with effective jabs and heavy punches in a comeback in the third round after going down.
The American based boxer of Mexican descent sustained the pressure and sent the World Champion, Anthony Joshua to the canvas twice in the same round.
Ruiz knocked down Joshua twice again in round 7 with referee Michael Griffin stepping in to wave off the fight as Joshua looked dazed and weary.
After the fight Anthony Joshua saluted the fans and congratulated the new champion.
“Big respect to Andy, big respect. [He’s a] good fighter. Thank you America. Thank you everyone for coming out this evening. Sorry I let my friends down, sorry I let my supporters down” The former champion said.
Ruiz on the other hand said “I just want to thank God for giving me this victory. Without Him this wouldn’t have been possible. This is what I have been dreaming about. This is what I have been working for, and I can’t believe I just made my dreams come’’
The American-Mexican boxer has caused one of the greatest upsets in the heavyweight boxing division in recent times after James Douglas win over Mike Tyson in 1990.
Ruiz is now the IBF, WBA and WBO Heavyweight Champion of the world with 32 wins, 22 KOs and one loss.