The British, 29 years old, lost all three of his heavyweight titles IBF, WBA, and WBO in front of an incredulous crowd in New York.
Anthony Joshua was beaten by an outstanding Mexican fighter Andy Ruiz Jr. in one of the biggest shocks in the history of Heavyweight Boxing.
The British, 29 years old, lost all three of his heavyweight titles to IBF, WBA, and WBO after being stopped in the seventh round in front of an uncertain crowd of 20,000 people in Madison Square Garden in New York City.
He spent most of the four to six rounds recovering from perhaps the most devastating round of his career in the third, during which he was knocked down twice.
Ruiz sent him on deck twice in the seventh round, and despite getting to his feet, referee Mike Griffin came in to put an end to the fight.
This is the first time Joshua has felt defeated, leaving his loser opponent the first Mexican-American heavyweight champion in history.
Ruiz was called to fight Joshua after the Briton’s original opponent, Jarrell Miller, failed a drug test.
“This is what I dreamed of and I can’t believe I made my dreams come true,” said Ruiz, whom Joshua managed to knock down once in the third round.
“It was my first time being dropped on the floor, but it made me want it even more – and I just thank God. I have that Mexican blood in me, and it just proved it. Right now, I just want to celebrate. made history for Mexico.”
Joshua was in no mood to offer excuses for his performance and paid tribute to his opponent.
“Boxing is a tough game, but I train hard and I was beaten by a good fighter, it will be interesting to see how far it goes, but it’s all part of the way, He said.
“That’s a risk we take, every fighter deserves respect, so congratulations to him. I respect every fighter, it’s all part of the legacy of how strong I am to return. While he is a champion, I’ll be back
Joshua defeated 22 opponents without defeats before his Saturday fight with Ruiz and apologized to the fans who bought tickets for the match.
“Sorry I let my fans down,” he said.
Promoter Eddie Hearn said that the rematch between the couples is likely to be organized later this year.
He said, “He’ll come back. Now it’s about revenge and victory in this battle. He must win this fight, and he will do everything in his power to regain the title. To return to the heights he was, he must win this rematch “