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Boxing great Anthony Joshua’s US debut ended in misery after defeat to 20/1 underdog Andy Ruiz Jr in seven rounds losing his IBF, WBA (Super), IBO and WBO titles.

Seventh round TKO

American-Mexican boxer Andy Ruiz Jr shook the boxing world on Saturday, defeating Anthony Joshua (22-1, 21 KOs) on his US debut, in front of a sold-out crowd at NYC’s Madison Square Garden. Joshua made quite a start, knocking down Ruiz in the third round. However, the underdog made an epic comeback with two consecutive knockdowns to defeat AJ.

Heavyweight titles blow for Anthony Joshua

Losing to Andy Ruiz JR was AJ’s first defeat after a 20-fight knockout streak. The Nigeria-born British boxer has now lost his IBF, WBA, IBO and WBO heavyweight titles to the California native. Ruiz’s announcement to fight Joshua came at short notice as American boxer Jarrell Miller was expected to fight Joshua until he was handed a six-month suspension after failing a drug test.

“We just pulled it off, man”

Andy Ruiz Jr, who’s now the unified WBA, WBO, IBO, and IBF heavyweight champion, talked about his game plan to defeat AJ. He said, “I didn’t want to throw everything that I got. I wanted to hunt him down, even more, work the body, work the head and just listen to the game plan. We just pulled it off, man.”

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Joshua: “It’s my own fault”

Anthony Joshua, after losing the fight, said, “There’s no excuse. It’s my own fault. I got caught with a big shot. Congratulations to him. I would have preferred it to be Deontay Wilder, do you know what I mean? But it wasn’t. It was Andy Ruiz, and he deserves it, and the fame and fortune he’s about to receive.”

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