Andy Ruiz Jr. Becomes New the IBF, WBA and WBO Heavyweight Champion

 Andy Ruiz Jr. finishing then Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua in Madison Square Garden this past Saturday. (Getty Images courtesy photo)
Andy Ruiz Jr. finishing then Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua in Madison Square Garden this past Saturday. (Getty Images courtesy photo)

By Cameron Buford,

This past Saturday night at the Madison Square Garden, we experienced everything that is great about competition as Andy Ruiz Jr challenged Anthony Joshua for the WBA, the WBO and the IBF Heavyweight Championship of the world! This fight showed the world that if you stay ready, you would never have to get ready as Ruiz Jr., received an opportunity of a lifetime.

Originally Joshua was supposed to take on Jerrell “Big Baby” Miller in this Championship bout. Though Miller got caught with a banned substance in his system and was disqualified for the fight. Coming off an unusually short lay-off, Andy Ruiz Jr., contacted Eddie Hearn and pleaded for the opportunity to fight Joshua for the IBF, WBA, and WBO Heavyweight Championship belts.

Joshua came out trying to use his length advantage with the jab, though this Ruiz was familiar with this disadvantage as he recently fought a similar size opponent in his last fight. The nonchalant demeanor of Joshua allowed for Andy Ruiz Jr to get into a rhythm early in the fight, as he showed an uncanny ability to slip punches and counter punch his opponents; this ability to counterpunch gave him some immediate confidence in this fight.

When Joshua dropped Ruiz Jr., with a left hook early in the 3rd round, he was unphased and back on his feet before 6 count. Less than 30 seconds later, Ruiz Jr., responded with a sharp left hook that sent Joshua to the canvas. Seeing that Joshua was dazed, Ruiz applied more pressure and caught him with a left hook then a right-hand combo that sent Joshua back to the canvas.

Both fighters seemed to conserve their energy in the 4th and 5th rounds. Before Andy Ruiz Jr. sensed his opportunity in the 6th round and started to break down Joshua with some fierce body shots. To begin the 7th round, Joshua appeared to have regained his legs and stamina, connected with a big left hook; but once again Ruiz came right back and connected with a strong right hand of his own, followed with a flurry that sent Joshua to the canvas for the third time in the fight.

After the second knockdown, in the 7th round, Joshua turned and walked to his corner as if to request some assistance. He and the refs exchanged some words before the refs finally stopped the fight after it appeared Joshua inexplicably didn’t want to continue in the fight! With the TKO is the 7th round, Andy Ruiz Jr., became the first Heavyweight Champion of Mexican descent. His ability to take advantage of his opportunity should be seen as another example to any and everyone that if you stay ready, you don’t have to get ready! being ready for their moment!

Andy Ruiz Jr. pulled out of the most surprising upset since Hasim Rahman upset Lennox Lewis. Andy says about a potential rematch, “we’re actually more motivated now that we’re the champions now!” “I’m not giving up these belts!” How surprised were you in this outcome, and are you confident Ruiz Jr., can successfully defend his title in a rematch with Anthony Joshua? Please let me know your thoughts on this Saturday night’s fight by reaching out to us on @whatsgoodinsports on twitter or commenting in the comment section of this article on