Anthony Joshua ’ s bid to make a splash in his US debut ended in misery for the three belts heavyweight world champion with a stunning loss to underdog Andy Ruiz at Madison Square Garden on Saturday.
Ruiz recorded a monster upset, knocking down Britain ’ s Joshua four times to take the World Boxing Association , International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Organization titles .
Ruiz came into the fight as a massive 20 – 1 underdog. But he won it in the middle of the seventh round when the referee stopped it at 1 : 26 of the round after the fourth knockdown .
Ruiz, sent to the canvas once himself , knocked Joshua down twice in the third round and twice more in the seventh .
Joshua had a massive height and reach advantage as he weighed in at a chiselled 255 pounds compared to the portly Ruiz, who beefed up to 268 pounds compared to 250 for his most recent fight.
Ruiz, who has won four fights in a row , looked fearless and poised while Joshua — who had won all 22 of his previous bouts — never seemed to recover from the first knockdown early in the third .
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