POSTFIGHT: The referee gave Joshua every chance to keep fighting after the fourth knockdown. But Joshua turned his back on Ruiz and walked back to his corner. That told it all. Joshua didn’t want any more of Ruiz. And we have a new heavyweight champion. His name is Andy Ruiz.
WHAT IS GOING ON?!?!
Anthony Joshua is in huge trouble at MSG!
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— Sporting News (@sportingnews) June 2, 2019
That pale fat boy just shocked the world. Congrats to Andy Ruiz. I guess AJ was not superior tonight.
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— Michael Montero (@MonteroOnBoxing) June 2, 2019
Afterward, Joshua puts his arm around Ruiz and smiles for the cameras. He, um, doesn’t seem upset at all.
“I can’t believe I just made all my dreams come true,” Ruiz told DAZN afterward. Remember, Ruiz was a 10/1 underdog, and he was a late replacement for Jarrell Miller. And remember, Ruiz just fought six weeks ago.
After the third round, Ruiz said he could tell Joshua never really recovered. But he wanted to take his time and hunt him down even more.
There is a rematch clause, and Ruiz seemed excited about it. Then, Joshua interrupts the interview and takes the mic. And he gets booed by the crowd. “We’ll be seeing you again,” Joshua said after paying plenty of compliments to Ruiz. Then, he declines any more interview questions.
Later, he said it was all about “heavyweight boxing, baby” and that it wasn’t just his night tonight.
“A.J. got sloppy,” promoter Eddie Hearn said. “A.J. will be back 100%, and we’ll make the rematch back in the U.K. in November or December.”
In the replay, DAZN caught ref Michael Griffin asking Joshua after the fourth knockdown if he wanted to keep fighting. Joshua said he did. That’s when Griffin waved his hands to stop it. “What do you mean?” Joshua asked. Still, I don’t see this as controversial stoppage. Joshua was done.
I’m still having a hard time believing this has happened.
then knocks down Joshua.
Joshua is down again.
REF STOPS IT. OMG
Sixth round: Joshua is now coming forward a little more, and he’s throwing more punches. Ruiz is still playing good defense. Joshua blocks a left hook and the slips a Ruiz right. Ruiz lands a counter right. Joshua is landing his jab, but Ruiz throws and lands part of a combo. Then, a jab from Ruiz, and a big right hand from him. Joshua looks tired, man. Forbes scores it for Ruiz.
Overall: Ruiz 59-54
Fifth round: Joshua cocked his right hand about 50 seconds in and then decided not to throw it. I wonder if he’s still worried about Ruiz’s counters. Ruiz is still going for combos, but Joshua backed away. Then, Joshua lands a counter right. That probably gives him some confidence. Joshua lands a couple of shots to the body. Joshua is still a tad tentative, but that was a better round. Forbes scores it for Joshua.
Overall: Ruiz 49-45
Fourth round: That last round was a 10-8 round for Ruiz because the competing knockdowns for Joshua and Ruiz cancel each other out (which would have made it a 10-9 round if there were no other knockdowns). Then, Ruiz scored another knockdown so that makes it a two-point round. It’s hard to believe that Joshua was nearly out on his feet at the end of the third round. It wouldn’t have been out of the realm of possibility for the ref to stop the fight then. Ruiz is jabbing to the body. Joshua isn’t doing much of anything. Then, he poses for Ruiz, and Ruiz nods his head. Neither fighter did much this round, but Ruiz landed a few jabs, so give it to him. Forbes scores it for Ruiz.
Overall: Ruiz 40-35
Third round: It’s been an exceptionally slow start for Joshua, but at some point, I think he’ll begin to start dominating. And a huge right puts Riuz down on the canvas. Wow, that was fast. Ruiz take aontoerh big right, but and he’s throwing punches with him. And Ruiz puts Joshua down. WHAT?!? Ruiz is going after him hard, and Joshua is hold on. We’re only halfway through the round. Good lord. Joshua still looks unsteady. Ruiz is just raining combos on him. And Ruiz hit him with a left, and Joshua is still hurt. This is really bad for Joshua. Another huge combo for Ruiz. And he’s down again with about 2 seconds left in the round. This is crazy. He barely gets up. The bell rings. Forbes scores it for Ruiz.
Overall: Ruiz 30-26
Second round: Joshua’s corner tells him to stop Ruiz from walking in by hitting him with a 1-2 combo. Big right by Ruiz, and Joshua holds briefly. So far, Ruiz is looking a little better than Joshua. Ruiz is also doing a nice job of using his legs to avoid some of Joshua’s jabs. He’s also utilizing some solid head movement. Ruiz has thrown, I don’t know, maybe seven or eight multi-punch combos. I don’t think Joshua has thrown any. Joshua lands a left hook. Ruiz took it well. That one right hand landed by Ruiz wins the round in my eyes. Forbes scores it for Ruiz.
Overall: Ruiz 20-18
First round: You don’t usually see a fighter leaning against the ropes in the corner as his name is introduced by Michael Buffer, but that’s just what Joshua was doing. The epitome of casual. The bell rings, and they get going. Ruiz starts with jabs to the body and then goes for a five-punch combo. Nothing much lands. Now, Joshua is jabbing to the body. Another combo by Ruiz. His last left hook lands on Joshua’s shoulder. But Ruiz so far is the one who’s stalking. Giving him just a little bit of pressure while Joshua is on his back foot. Ruiz lands a nice counter right with about 45 seconds to go. Slow round for Joshua. Forbes scores it for Ruiz.
Overall: Ruiz 10-9
Anthony Joshua ringwalk: A little bit of gamesmanship as Joshua makes Ruiz wait in the ring a little bit before he makes his way inside the arena. He’s flanked by his promoter Eddie Hearn, and before he makes that long, arduous walk to the ring, Joshua stops to get a sip of water. But it’s a pretty nice ovation from the MSG crowd as he’s about to make his U.S. debut. He’s smiling and pounding fists with people as he walks. He looks relaxed.
Andy Ruiz ringwalk: Man, that’s a festive looking atmosphere in Madison Square Garden. And as Ruiz enters the arena, the crowd is booing him. He’s got some fur around his head on the robe, and he’s banging his fists together as he walks. Mikey Garcia looms behind him.
Callum Smith (26-0, 19 KOs) TKO3 over Hassan N’Dam (37-4): A former middleweight titlist certainly wasn’t a match for the man who’s probably the best super middleweight in the world. Callum Smith proved that by destroying N’Dam, knocking him down three times before the fight was stopped. It was quite an impressive performance from Smith, who potentially could face Canelo Alvarez.
Callum Smith vs Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam #JoshuaRuiz #JoshuaRuizJr DED! pic.twitter.com/af70PFTI1h
— ZombieProphet (@GIFsZP) June 2, 2019
When Anthony Joshua steps into the ring vs. Andy Ruiz Jr. tonight on DAZN in Madison Square Garden, it should be a riotous affair. After all, look at the scene of Friday’s weigh-in.
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— Jim Boone (@kotickets) May 31, 2019
That seems to mean plenty of British fans have traveled overseas to New York to watch Joshua defend his three heavyweight titles vs. Ruiz. But it might not be an easy task for Joshua. Ruiz is a solid replacement for Jarrell Miller, who was supposed to be fighting tonight but who had to drop out after failing multiple drug tests. Ruiz’s only loss came in a heavyweight title fight vs. Joseph Parker in 2016 (though I scored the fight for Ruiz, the judges gave Parker the majority decision).
Joshua certainly isn’t looking past Ruiz.
“Right now I’m only champion until June 1 when I have to defend my titles,” Joshua said. “I’m currently the heavyweight champion of the world, but June 1, I put them in the air and they’re up for grabs. Let the best man win.”
Both men will try to prove that they are, in fact, the best man.
Anthony Joshua vs. Andy Ruiz Odds
Unsurprisingly, Joshua is a big betting favorite vs. Ruiz, but in the past day or so, more of the money has been coming in on the underdog. Earlier this week, Joshua was as large as a -3500 favorite while Ruiz was +1200.
But as of Saturday morning, Joshua had dropped to a -2500 favorite, meaning you’d have to wager $2,500 on him to win $100. Ruiz, meanwhile, is now +1000, which means you’d earn $1,000 on a $100 bet on Ruiz.
Here are some additional prop bets from BetOnline.
Will the fight go the distance?
- Yes +400 (4/1)
- No -600 (1/6)
Joshua vs. Ruiz method of victory
- Joshua by decision 4/1
- Joshua by KO, TKO or DQ 1/5
- Ruiz by decision 18/1
- Ruiz by KO, TKO or DQ 25/1
- Draw 28/1
Here are some odds for the other fights on the undercard.
- Callum Smith (-4000) vs. Hassam N’Dam (+1300)
- Katie Taylor (-1800) vs. Delfine Persoon (+850)
- Chris Algieri (-305) vs. Tommy Coyle (+235)
Anthony Joshua vs. Andy Ruiz Purses
Since Joshua made a $20 million payday in his last fight vs. Alexander Povetkin and since it was reported Joshua was supposed to earn $25 million for his now-canceled fight vs. Miller, it’s thought that Joshua’s purse is somewhere between $20-25 million.
As for Ruiz, it’s been reported that he’ll make somewhere around the $7 million purse mark. Considering Ruiz made $200,000 to knock out Alexander Dimitrenko in April, that’s an enormous raise in a span of six weeks.
Anthony Joshua vs. Andy Ruiz Prediction
If Joshua is trying to measure himself against Deontay Wilder and his first-round knockout of Dominic Breazeale last month, he’s going to be hard-pressed to get that done vs. Ruiz—who has a good chin, fast hands and solid boxing skills. Though Joshua doesn’t necessarily have the one-punch power possessed by Wilder, he is incredibly strong nonetheless. Ruiz will give him a few rounds, but Joshua won’t let him go the distance. I’ll call it Joshua by KO in the sixth.
Either way, Forbes will be here for the night, giving our round-by-round thoughts, explanations and unofficial scoring on the main event that is scheduled to begin approximately at 10:15 p.m. ET.