American of Mexican descent Andy Ruiz Jr. gave the surprise by defeating hitherto undefeated heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua by TKO at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Andy Ruiz Jr. knocked down the Briton four times and the judge stopped the fight in the seventh round, making the North American the new heavyweight champion for World Association (WBA), International Federation (IBF) and IBF titles. World Boxing Organization (WBO).
“I want to thank God for giving me this victory that seemed impossible. I feel so good… This is why I have been dreaming and I have worked so hard. I can’t believe I made my dreams come true. The sky is the limit ”, said the winner after the fight.
Ruiz Jr., nicknamed “The Destroyer” (The Destroyer), became the first Mexican-American to be the heavyweight world champion.
“I just made history for Mexico,” shouted the champion, exulting.
«I want to congratulate Ruiz Jr. Very, very much respect Andy. Thank you America, thank you all. I’m sorry to have disappointed my fans but a lot of respect and enjoy this moment, “said Joshua, who lost the first fight of his career.
The British, the best fighter in the world until this Saturday, was left with a record of 22 victories (21 by KO) and one defeat while the North American extended his balance to 33-1, with 22 knockouts.
Both could now star in a rematch at the end of the year in the United Kingdom, according to the English promoter at the end of the fight.