Mexican Heavyweight Champion! Fast Hands Power Hitter Andy Ruiz Brutally Destroys Anthony Joshua With Four Devastating Knockdowns, Wins World Heavyweight Title

By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent

New York, NY (June 2nd, 2019)– In the DAZN main event at Madison Square Garden, on Saturday, June 1, 2019, Mexican American Andy ‘Destroyer’ Ruiz Jr., 33-1 with 22 knockouts, Imperial, California, looks like a short fat heavyweight warrior, a tighter defense version of ‘Two Ton’ Tony Galento. Anthony Joshua is a tall muscular monster Goliath. After knocking Ruiz down in the third round, Joshua went in for the kill. Instead, Joshua got sloppy, and walked into Ruiz’ fast hands and right hand head power shots. Joshua went down twice in the third round. After three cautious rounds that followed, Ruiz moved in for the kill, dropped Joshua with power shots twice, and stopped him.

Joshua, his legs gone, did not take his hands off the ropes in a corner for referee Michael Griffin when he got up. It would appear Joshua was confused and clueless, and unaware Ruiz had done special power training and speed training, enabling him to take out the muscular heavyweights. All Joshua had to do was use his height and reach advantage, and stay out of range to win. It would appear he did not take Ruiz seriously, and underestimated Ruiz by judging him on his appearance.

It was amazing to see Ruiz able to evaluate Joshua, move forward and take every shot without moving, and hit Joshua with super fast jabs and shots from which Joshua could not recover. Joshua was trying to feel Ruiz out, instead of boxing as he should have. Ruiz hit so fast, Joshua had no time or opportunity to land counter punches.

Joshua, 22-1 with 21 knockouts, Watford, United Kingdom, bombed in his debut on American soil. By losing this bout, the heavyweight division has been blown wide open, and Joshua’s chin has been exposed. Joshua said 100 percent he will exercise his mandatory rematch clause.

Ring commentator Sugar Ray Leonard: “This is a surprise to boxing fans and the world. You are the epitome of don’t judge a book by his cover. I am impressed. Ruiz fought like a big man, and fought like Joshua should have. Andy, you proved all of us wrong, and that’s why I love boxing.” This was a bigger upset than Buster Douglas over Mike Tyson, and Cassius Clay over Sonny Liston.

Joshua looked tired and exhausted in round six, and clearly, like his British predecessor Lennox Lewis, wound in a bout he was not fully focused on or properly prepared for. Joshua could not even see Ruiz’ punches, they were coming in so fast.

According to promoter Eddie Hearn: “Tonight belongs to Andy Ruiz. New arena, new commissions, he broke his camp and went to Miami. He was training very hard. He (Joshua) got sloppy and paid the price. This rematch will be a big fight. Now the pressure is monumental, if he loses the rematch, he’s in a tough position. Ruiz will believe he can win that rematch and go into it with tremendous confidence. Tonight will really affect Anthony Joshua as an athlete. That fire will burn deep inside him till he regains his title. He looked like Wladimir Klitschko when he got knocked down.”

From this reporter’s viewpoint, Anthony ‘A.J.’ Joshua lost for a very different reason than all the excuses provided. Ruiz was a late replacement for Jarrell Miller. Joshua had his hands down often, and had the wrong game plan. He let Ruiz walk him down. Joshua thought this little man was an easy man. Ruiz, who had superior amateur experience in Mexico before turning professional, far more than Joshua, evidently has done significant advanced power training, and speed training, and can take a shot without getting hurt. Joshua accomplished neither. Given the advanced nature of his power training, Ruiz can take out a monster sized heavyweight with one shot. Ruiz versus Deontay Wilder, the WBC Heavyweight champion, would be of great interest if Ruiz defeats Joshua again in the rematch. The fact Ruiz was not bothered by Joshua going into this bout apparently unnerved Joshua. A.J. was somehow not in the correct mindset, and he was not hungry.

Result: Andy Ruiz Jr. TKO 7 Anthony Joshua, Heavyweights (1:27)
Ruiz wins World Boxing Association World Heavyweight title
Ruiz wins World Boxing Organization World Heavyweight title
Ruiz wins International Boxing Federation World Heavyweight title
Ruiz wins International Boxing Organization World Heavyweight title
Referee: Michael Griffin

Ruiz down in third round.

Joshua down in third round, and twice in seventh round.

Madison Square Garden Undercard Results

Callum Smith TKO 3 Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam, Super middleweights (2:56)
26-0 Smith retains WBA Super World Super Middleweight and WBC Diamond Super Middleweight titles. N’Jikam down in first, second and third rounds. Not a close bout.

Chris Algieri Referee’s Technical Decision 8 Tommy Coyle, Super Lightweights (3:00)
Algieri retains World Boxing Organization International Super Lightweight title

Katie Taylor Win Majority Decision 10 Delfine Persoon, Lightweights (2 Minute Rounds)
14-0 Taylor retains World Boxing Council Female World Lightweight title
14-0 Taylor retains World Boxing Association Female World Lightweight title
14-0 Taylor retains World Boxing Organization Female World Lightweight title
14-0 Taylor retains International Boxing Federation Female World Lightweight title

Josh Kelly Majority Draw 10 Ray Robinson, Welterweights
Kelly retains World Boxing Association International Lightweight title
For the second time in 60 days, Philadelphia’s 24-3-2 Ray Robinson draws with an unbeaten contender. Robinson’s last two opponents are 32-0 combined.

Joshua Buatsi TKO 4 Marco Antonio Periban, Light Heavyweights
Accra, Ghana’s light heavyweight prospect Buatsi goes to 11-0 with nine knockouts.

Souleymane Cissokho Win 8 Vladimir Herandez, Super Welterweights
9-0 Senegal super welterweight prospect Cissokho holds super welterweight title of France.

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Robert Brizel - Head Boxing Correspondent
Robert Brizel - Head Boxing Correspondent
Robert is the Head Boxing Correspondent for Real Combat Media Boxing since 2013. Robert is also a photographer and ringside reporter for the RCM Tri State region which includes NJ, NY and PA. Robert conducts exclusive interviews, provides historical boxing articles and provides editorial ringside coverage of major boxing events. You can contact or follow Robert on Facebook and by email at