Anthony Joshua has lost his WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight world title belts to Andy Ruiz Jr after a stunning knockout defeat. Here’s what happened throughout the fight.
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Anthony Joshua loses world titles to Andy Ruiz Jr in shock defeat
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Andy Ruiz Jr has done the impossible and beaten Anthony Joshua, becoming the first Mexican to win the world heavyweight championship.
Joshua loses his unbeaten record and his unified world heavyweight championship after being stopped in spectacular style by Ruiz Jr.
The Brit was dropped four times by the late replacement Mexican, who dominated the fight after being dropped earlier by Joshua.
Anthony Joshua has lost his unbeaten record after being stopped by Andy Ruiz Jr
ROUND SIX: This is turning into a real dog-fight, with both men landing big punches.
Joshua keeps catching Ruiz Jr on the way in, but is reluctant to engage when he knows he has his foe hurt.
Ruiz is still stalking the taller man, and appears to be favouring the left hook, which has caught Joshua on multiple occasions.
Anthony Joshua was dropped for just the second time in his career
ROUND FIVE: Joshua catches Ruiz Jr hard again, but needs to be cautious when rushing in.
The Mexican is at his most dangerous when he’s hurt, and is throwing wild combinations with varied success.
Joshua appears to be more relaxed now after riding the wave of the third round.
Anthony Joshua knocked Ruiz down before being clipped himself and dropped twice
ROUND FOUR: Joshua in real danger here, having been knocked down twice, Ruiz Jr appears to be in control and has landed at will on the chin of the champion.
Ruiz Jr continues to stalk the champion, using his fast hands to befuddle the Brit.
Joshua, on the other hand, looks uncomfortable and is backing off the Mexican.
The unified champion managed to stay inactive throughout the round and made it back to his corner to recover.
Anthony Joshua was sent down twice by Andy Ruiz Jr
ROUND THREE: Joshua is down! Just moments after sending Andy Ruiz Jr to the canvas, the Brit is caught heavily.
Joshua is sent to the canvas and is nearly stopped twice during the third.
The brit in real danger of losing his world title belts.
Ruiz Jr connecting at will with the Brit, and sends him down twice.
Anthony Joshua dominated the opening in New York
ROUND TWO: Ruiz starts quickly, trying to get into close range again, but is caught by two strong shots from Joshua on his way in.
The size difference between the pair is very evident, with Joshua having four inches height advantage over the challenger.
Joshua caught Ruiz clean with two good shots with a minute to go in the round, but Ruiz was comfortable and didn’t seem hurt.
The unified champion again used his jab well to stop Ruiz getting close.
Anthony Joshua had a quiet first round
ROUND ONE: Joshua asserts himself in the centre of the ring from the first minute, using the jab to keep Ruiz Jr at length.
The Briton appeared to just take his time to discover the range he wanted, while not throwing anything of real significance.
Ruiz, likewise, didn’t throw anything too serious, but rather tried to maneuver himself into close range before using his fast hands.
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