Anthony Joshua vs. Andy Ruiz Jr. (1st meeting)

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Challenger rankings
As of March 2019
WBA 13
WBC 18
IBF 15
WBO NR
As of February 2019
WBA 13
WBC 18
IBF 15
WBO NR
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Anthony Joshua 248 lbs lost to Andy Ruiz 268 lbs by TKO at 1:27 in round 7 of 12

Notes

  • WBA, WBO, IBF and the IBO world heavyweight titles were at stake.
  • Ruiz was a late replacement for Jarrell Miller, who failed multiple drug tests. Ruiz was officially announced as the replacement on May 1.[1]
  • Ruiz down in third round. Joshua down twice in third round and twice in seventh round.
  • Ringside DAZN commentator Sugar Ray Leonard's comments echoed respect for Ruiz' victory, and the concept that in the ring, anything can happen at any time: “This is a surprise to boxing fans and the world. You (Andy) 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.”
  • Promoter Eddie Hearn and Joshua both noted that a mandatory rematch clause would be exercised in the United Kingdom in either November or December of 2019. "One hundred percent (we will fight a rematch in the UK next)," noted Joshua.
  • Official Scorecards.
  • CompuBox Punchstats.


Preceded by:
Joshua vs. Povetkin
WBA Heavyweight Title Fight
# 108
Succeeded by:
Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Anthony Joshua (2nd meeting)
Preceded by:
Joshua vs. Povetkin
IBF Heavyweight Title Fight
# 73
Succeeded by:
Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Anthony Joshua (2nd meeting)
Preceded by:
Joshua vs. Povetkin
WBO Heavyweight Title Fight
# 58
Succeeded by:
Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Anthony Joshua (2nd meeting)