This Blog always loves an underdog and an unexpected champion. Andy Ruiz Jr. fits both. Even at 6'2", 270 pounds, and significantly lacking what we would call "muscle definition". The American heavyweight of Mexican descent survived the first knockdown of his career to beat British Champion Anthony Joshua by 7th round Technical Knockout Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in New York City. In a wild third round, Ruiz Jr. was felled once, but came up inspired and sent Joshua to the canvas twice. Joshua never seemed to be the same. Ruiz Jr. again floored him twice in the 7th round, the second Joshua looked reluctant to continue and that was that. Ruiz Jr. went off as an 11-1 underdog, but now sits at 33-1 with 22 KO. The one loss to Joseph Parker, then Heavyweight Champion. But now, Ruiz Jr. is champion. Joshua is contractually guaranteed a rematch and certainly will have his full attention on Ruiz Jr. But it is Ruiz Jr. who is now the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO Champions. And the Longhorndave Sportsman of the Week!
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