ANTHONY JOSHUA was demolished by 19st no-hoper Andy Ruiz Jr in the biggest shock in boxing history.
The WBA, IBF and WBO king was dethroned after being dropped a staggering four times and being pulled out by the referee Mike Griffin before the end of the seventh.
It ranks alongside 33/1 shot Buster Douglas's stunning KO victory against Mike Tyson back in 1990 which shocked the boxing world.
California-based 29-year-old Ruiz took the fight on short notice, after a handful of dimwitted potential rivals turned it down, and pulled off the most amazing of upsets.
He was a 25/1 shot to dethrone WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO champ Joshua - but he pulled off what most believed was the impossible.
Ruiz said: "I just want to thank God for the victory. This is what I have been dreaming about and working hard for."
Exactly as AJ predicted, Ruiz’s first action was to try to jab at his six pack but it bounced off his rock-hard abs.
Joshua started the fight with his lead left hand swinging low, by his waist, a risky tactic that Ruiz warned him against with a couple of early digs that had the crowd concerned.
The British hero enjoyed his first scoring punches in the last 50 seconds of the second round when he landed twice with a short left hook and a stiff jab
And in round three he raced through the gears and dropped Ruiz with a murderous uppercut.
Cagey, but Ruiz Jr landed cleaner.
Joshua evened it up.
Ruiz floored, but came back to drop AJ twice.
Joshua all over the place. Ruiz dominant.
Joshua looks laboured, asks corner what round it is at end.
Shock is well and truly on. AJ asks corner why he doesn't feel good.
It's waved off after Joshua dropped twice. Stunning.
But Ruiz shocked the world seconds later by dropping Joshua in sensational style and he was saved by the bell moments later when he hit the deck for a second time and took another eight count.
The left hook that AJ is infamously susceptible to clipped his temple first and rendered him senseless, a zombie, and a right sent him down.
Joshua beat the count but was stumbling around the ring with a vacant grin, all his dreams and hard work hanging by a thread.
And Ruiz pounced to batter him to the ground once again, terrifying the one-sided crowd backing their 2012 Olympic icon before the bell saved him.
Trainer Rob McCracken had to somehow save his man from one of the biggest embarrassments in sport and the fourth round looked an improvement when he tagged the challenger.
Fans broke into their booming “oh Anthony Joshua” chant but it suddenly sounded very desperate and didn’t reverberate for long.
But a roar echoed around Madison Square Garden when AJ connected with a left hook and Ruiz’s spit and sweat flew through the New York air and the fat on his back rippled in the slow motion replay.
Joshua admitted to hating fighting shorter men because they were able to tuck up and dodge shots and Ruiz, four inches below him, did exactly that.
Not once was Joshua able to test how the Mexican’s stomach ‘muscles’ would hold up under fire.
Instead it was Ruiz winning the round, clipping Joshua twice more as the Englishman toddled around on the backfoot looking dazed and confused.
And in round seven the walls and Joshua came tumbling down.
AJ connected with a sweet left hook but Ruiz countered and stunned him for a third flooring.
The accusations of Joshua being chinny were proven moments later when Ruiz earned every penny of his £3million by dropping him for a fourth time and being crowned Mexico’s first heavyweight world champion.
ONE judge had Anthony Joshua AHEAD after six rounds before he was brutally beaten by Andy Ruiz Jr.
Ruiz, 29, was bossing the fight and had the better of Joshua for the majority of the fight.
But while Michael Alexander and Julie Lederman both had Ruiz 57-56 ahead on their scorecards after six rounds, Pasquale Procopio somehow had the Watford man 57-56 UP.
Procopio had AJ down as winning the first, second, fourth and fifth rounds.
According to Procopio, Ruiz had only won the third - by a score of 10-8 following the two knockdowns for AJ - and sixth.
Credit: The Sun,UK
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