‘I made my dreams come true’ - Ruiz Jr revels in Joshua shock

The biggest winning heavyweight underdog known up to that point was James Braddock, the Cinderella Man, against Max Baer at 10-to-1 odds.

SKY SPORTS commentators were captured in complete shock during the third round of Anthony Joshua's shock loss to Andy Ruiz Jr.

Ruiz, from appearance to pedigree, was an underdog in every sense of the word.

Ruiz Jr. left the ring with Joshua's four heavyweight world titles and turned up to the conference wearing a New York Knicks jersey.

"Because of the Mexican warrior that I am, I've got that Mexican blood in me".

It was not an easy win for Ruiz though as he had to get up off the canvas early in Round 3 in order to do what oddsmakers felt was almost impossible.

"It means a great deal for me, and for Andy, but it's about more than us", said Robles, who prepared Ruiz through a rushed camp in Norwalk only six weeks long after Ruiz won a co-main event in Carson on April 20.

It's hard to imagine Mike Tyson's upset loss to Buster Douglas ever being topped.

Joshua is. Sort of. With the win, Ruiz became the first Mexican-American heavyweight champion. The bout was streamed on DAZN.

Ruiz wasted no time as he knocked him down one final time. I don't overlook him at all. "I am not looking past him, but I know if I beat this guy what's out there for me". The only title he does not have is held by undefeated WBC titlist Deontay Wilder (41-0-1, 40 KO's), who had accused Joshua of ducking him.

"Both being big heavyweights who have a good punch output with decent jabs".

With the sold-out crowd, which was largely in favor of Joshua, stunned and silent following the stoppage, Ruiz jumped around the ring in wild celebration.

This bout changed his and his five children's lives financially.

"Because of the Mexican warrior that I am. If it wasn't for my Dad, I wouldn't be here". I just want to thank my team and my family.

Ruiz was dropped to the canvas in the third but the heavy brawler came back to down the Brit in the same round and Joshua was lucky to survive.

"My hand raised" is what he sees. I'll stay focused and humble.

"My dad said "Tighten up and get smart; when things are going good nothing's going wrong, then something bad happens, you realise".

He's here as nothing more than an opponent in the eyes of many, including, obviously, the bookmakers. It was the first time Ruiz had been dropped in his pro career.

  • Julie Sanders