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Andy Ruiz Jr. – New Heavyweight World Champion

Andy Ruiz Jr. – New Heavyweight World Champion


This is Rummy’s Corner. I don’t know shit about boxing! In boxing, one punch can change an entire
fight. And when an upset occurs, it can potentially
change the entire landscape in the blink of an eye. When Muhammad Ali tried to get a rematch against
heavyweight world champion Smokin’ Joe Frazier, the champ instead decided to face his number
1 challenger – the general expectation was that this was just another step for Frazier
in the lead-up to a highly anticipated rematch with Ali. But Big George Foreman had other plans, and
he shook up the entire heavyweight landscape with his 2nd round destruction of Smokin’
Joe! When Evander Holyfield was the undefeated
#1 ranked contender by all 3 major sanctioning bodies, an agreement was reached where he
would challenge Mike Tyson for the undisputed heavyweight crown after a tune-up fight in
Tokyo – the general expectation was that Tyson would make easy work of Buster Douglas in
the lead-up to the highly anticipated showdown with Holyfield. But Douglas had other plans, and he shook
up the entire heavyweight landscape with one of the biggest upsets in the history of professional
sports. Just 3 short weeks ago, we had 3 undefeated
heavyweight elites, each of whom had a legitimate claim to call himself heavyweight champion. The general expectation was that Deontay Wilder,
Anthony Joshua, and Tyson Fury would all win their upcoming matches, all of which took
place within a 4 week span. But Andy Ruiz Junior had other plans, and
he too shook up the entire heavyweight landscape with an incredible upset performance this
past weekend. It was Saturday night, at Madison Square Garden
in New York, New York – in a championship bout that was broadcast by the relatively
new streaming app service known as DAZN – Andy Ruiz Jr received an unexpected opportunity
to challenge the unified IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight world champion, Anthony Joshua. Ruiz was a replacement opponent who stepped
in for Big Baby Miller. The expectation going into this bout was that
Joshua would emerge victorious in his American debut! It appeared the strategy going in was to provide
Joshua with more exposure in the US, so that he could build his profile here for would-be
mega bout showdowns against Wilder or Fury. Things began at a measured pace. Joshua was trying to establish his jab, and
Ruiz was strategically trying to make use of his own jab. Ruiz was throwing in short combinations on
the inside, as the two boxers were still trying to get a feel for each other. Ruiz went on the attack early in round 2,
but Joshua soon seemed to be discovering his range. AJ was jabbing well, and he landed a nice
big right and also a solid left hook, but Ruiz stood his ground in the heat of battle,
and Ruiz was firing back and letting his hands go whenever the champion was at mid range. But Joshua was the one who seemed to really
be finding his groove as the 2nd closed out. AJ looked comfortable to begin the 3rd, and
early in the round he nailed Ruiz with a crisp combination that dropped the challenger. The series of punches was punctuated by a
mean left hook, and Ruiz appeared to be hurt. Ruiz rose, and he bravely battled on, and
he soon ate a monster right hand. Ruiz absorbed the shot, and he began trading
with Joshua. Ruiz nailed AJ with some quick sneaky shots
and the champion went down! Looking back at this sequence, it was incredible
that Ruiz was able to absorb that big right so well while maintaining his composure. But Ruiz kept his cool, and that quick counter
left seemed to really disrupt Joshua’s equilibrium. Joshua never saw that shot coming, and it
messed up his entire sense of balance. Joshua battled on, and while he still seemed
a little wobbly, it appeared as if he would survive the round without further incident. But then Ruiz unleashed a vicious assault
in the closing seconds of the round, and the champion was down again! Joshua managed his way to his feet, but he
appeared to be in some serious trouble. Ruiz began the 4th round aggressively, but
then he took his foot off the gas. The 4th round was slow and largely uneventful,
but Ruiz was still throwing some nice isolated jabs downstairs. Joshua didn’t do much at all on offense, but
he at least appeared to be able to clear his head and get his legs back. Joshua started jabbing more in round 5, but
there wasn’t a whole lot of snap behind them. Joshua and Ruiz each landed some decent shots
later in the round, but the 5th round was another round that was largely lacking in
action. And it appeared that Ruiz may have let Joshua
off the hook as the champion was still regaining his composure. Round 6 began with both boxers throwing punches
with authority, but things soon settled back into a more measured tactical affair, where
both boxers were being conservative with their offense. But despite the slow pace, both boxers were
still studiously searching for spots and trying to calculate their foes next move. Later in the round, Ruiz started opening up
with nice short combinations that appeared to be making Joshua very uncomfortable. In round 7, Joshua landed a big shot that
sent Ruiz into a frenzy, as he landed one clubbing shot after another, and he literally
beat Joshua down to the canvas. Joshua bravely made it to his feet, but he
didn’t look good at all. Joshua attacked, Ruiz started swinging, and
Joshua was down for the 4th time in the fight. Joshua again rose, but referee Michael Griffin
didn’t like what he saw, and he called a halt to the action. The fight was over. Andy Ruiz Jr had just become the new unified
IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion of the world! Now that the dust is beginning to settle in
this drastically altered heavyweight landscape, I see a lot of fans being overly critical
of Anthony Joshua – to be fair, there are a lot of fans giving Ruiz his due credit,
but some fans are acting as if losing to Ruiz means the end of the road for Joshua, and
I’m not sure that’s necessarily the case. A lot of times what ultimately defines greatness
isn’t about losing – a lot of times it’s about how you rebound from a loss that truly matters. When Joe Louis lost to Max Schmeling, a lot
of people wrote The Brown Bomber off prematurely. But Joe Louis learned from that loss, and
he improved after that loss, and he went on to become an absolute legend of the sport! To this day, Joe Louis holds the record for
most heavyweight title defenses. Louis overcame adversity, and he also managed
to defeat his nemesis and former conqueror in just 1 round, in a career defining effort. When Lennox Lewis was knocked out by Oliver
McCall in a shocking upset, many people wrote Lewis off prematurely. But Lewis went back to the drawing board,
and he worked his way back into the mix and ultimately proved himself as one of the very
best, if not THE best, in a very competitive 90s era. Lewis holds the unique distinction of being
one of the only heavyweight champions to retire having defeated every opponent he ever faced,
as Lewis avenged his only 2 career losses, and he did so in explosive style. When Wladimir Klitschko got blasted out by
Corrie Sanders, many people wrote Klitschko off for good, and worse yet! When Klitschko first teamed up with Hall of
Fame trainer Emanuel Steward, Klitschko lost against Lamon Brewster in their first fight
together. Those 2 losses resulted in many people prematurely
dismissing Klitschko’s chances at heavyweight glory, but Wladimir bounced back from those
early defeats, and he went on to become a dominant heavyweight champion whose reign
lasted nearly an entire decade. And Wladimir didn’t lose many rounds during
that impressive streak of dominance! Can Anthony Joshua bounce back the way guys
like Joe Louis, Lennox Lewis, and Wladimir Klitschko were able to? That remains to be seen! But regardless of whether he can, or whether
he can’t – nothing changes the fact that Joshua was a unified heavyweight world champion,
with a proven ability to overcome adversity – we saw in his highly dramatic encounter
with the aforementioned Wladimir Klitschko – and the bottom line is, Andy Ruiz Jr deserves
all the credit in the world for scoring this sensational upset victory! During the first 2+ rounds, things were going
according to plan for Joshua. The champion was finding the range with his
jab, and after he scored that 3rd round knockdown, it looked as if it might have been a quick
night’s work for AJ. But Ruiz Jr was the one who overcame adversity
this time, and he did so in style! Even prior to the knockdown, Ruiz was fighting
very smart. Ruiz was usually throwing punches whenever
Joshua’s head was in range, and he was always looking for ways to time Joshua’s attacks
with explosive counter punches. Ruiz was bravely standing his ground, and
that left hook he drilled Joshua with – the one that really messed with AJ’s equilibrium. That punch changed the whole fight! I don’t think Joshua ever truly recovered
from that punch. It actually reminded me an awful lot of the
punch Golota drilled Bowe with in their rematch! A solid blow near the ear/temple area that
resulted in a somewhat delayed reaction from Big Daddy Bowe! That’s what this punch from Ruiz reminded
me of! It was just one of those punches that was
far more devastating than it may have seemed because of where it landed and how it landed. Then during the middle rounds, where it appeared
that maybe Ruiz had let Joshua off the hook where AJ seemed to have time to recover. Ruiz was being very disciplined, and while
he wasn’t doing a whole lot offensively, Andy was still making an effort to land body shots
whenever he could, and he was wisely sticking to his game plan. Ruiz didn’t overextend himself. He didn’t get reckless. Ruiz was patient, and he was still mostly
looking to stand his ground and counter whenever AJ attacked and got into mid-range. And the plan worked! It seemed that any time Joshua landed something
big – Ruiz almost always immediately came back with something big of his own – and Ruiz
was throwing his punches in bunches. AJ was simply unable to rediscover his ideal
distance whenever Ruiz found himself at ideal range, and Ruiz was effectively pouncing whenever
these opportunities surfaced. Ruiz showed tremendous heart and determination,
he had an excellent strategy, and he also exhibited a splendid ring IQ as he stuck to
his game plan and never lost his composure! It was just a SENSATIONAL all around effort
from Andy Ruiz Jr! And all the credit in the world to the new
unified heavyweight world champion. I confess, I was sleeping on Ruiz in this
one, which shouldn’t be surprising to anyone who’s been paying attention – because I clearly
don’t know shit about boxing! It was only last week I was saying that any
matches that involve Fury, Wilder, and Joshua that aren’t against each other are inherently
inferior match-ups. Clearly – Andy Ruiz Jr has proven me wrong,
yet again. There is something so beautifully uplifting
whenever an underdog scores an upset that shakes things up to such a profound degree. And Ruiz winning might well be a blessing
in disguise for the fans, and for the heavyweight division! Maybe this will act as a long term lesson
that whenever the opportunity for a mega fight emerges, that time is of the essence! Trying to build up fights into something bigger
down the road is a GAMBLE – and it can sometimes backfire. Anthony Joshua might just well find himself
stuck on the outside looking in, as Ruiz now firmly established himself as a force to be
reckoned with. Whatever Andy Ruiz Junior does next, I will
undoubtedly be paying attention! Will he rematch AJ? Will he look to take on a mandatory next? Will he ultimately gun for the winner of a
would-be rematch between Wilder and Fury? Or maybe we shouldn’t look too far ahead just
yet! Fury has Tom Schwarz next week! Wilder is reportedly having a rematch with
Louis Ortiz later this year, before having a rematch with Fury sometime after that. But Andy Ruiz Jr firmly reminded me that maybe
we should take things 1 step at a time before looking too far ahead. And right now – Andy Ruiz Jr has made his
mark in boxing history, and I can’t wait to see what he does next! Thanks for watching everyone, hope you enjoyed,
and have a wonderful night!

100 thoughts on “Andy Ruiz Jr. – New Heavyweight World Champion”

  1. I do think AJ will be back but is there a weakness to be identified here? certainly and I do not think he beats Fury and Wilder I see connecting and hurting him.

  2. I actually predicted Andy Ruiz Jr. to win. He had a Phenomenal Record with a lot of Knockouts. He had more Experience than Joshua. He also has Quick Hands and the Bigger Body to absorb punishment. AJ looks good physically, but he has a lot of holes in his Game and has a tendency to get dropped, so I question his Chin. What really led me to think that Joshua would lose is his Mindset before the Fight. He was far too lax. He lacked the Eye of the Tiger.

  3. I honestly hope Luiz gets another ko. Idk why but I want to see ajs career end. Maybe it's cause he kept dodging Wilder.

  4. The media and general public severely underrated Andy's boxing ability. All I keep hearing is that it was a shocking upset. The guy is 33-1. I think the real truth is they severely overrate AJ. Great boxer but not untouchable as was proven.

  5. lol that knock down is ruiz's only time being on the mat, his one loss he didn't get knocked down at all

  6. Disagree somewhat. None of the comebacks you highlight came after defeats quite like Joshua's. The causes for them were easily seen and they didn't climb back in the ring with the same opponent straightaway. They had, or they got themselves, the best training to iron out theser faults. Even Freddie Roach, working Joshua's corner, said his style and approach were all wrong: that he should have boxed rather than try to power – punch. The main thing was, of course, that Ruiz was simply the better fighter by a long way. Everything Joshua tried, his opponent had the remedy. Just about everybody, me included, looked at his rounded girth rather than his record. There's a body of opinion that says Joshua will know about him this time and thus be prepared. To that I say, Why wasn't he ready last time? A true champion knows that in every defence he's fighting for the title like he's the challenger. Joshua needs somebody of the calibre of a Manny Steward to completely deconstruct and rebuild him if he truly wants a shot at being the best HW on the planet.

  7. That's what Anthony was in a great fighter but any punches changed but that do was nobody sorry to say no Mike Tyson Mike Tyson with the division before you get knocked out

  8. Ref cant do that on a fight for the belt.. let em go out swinging or call it after a ko not in between rounds

  9. I CANT UNDERSTAND, HOW THOSE IDIOTS WITH LOW IQ , PEOPLE SEEM THEM AS A HEROS , WHEN THEY ONLY DO IS FIGHT LIKE ANIMALS WITH ZERO BRAINS

  10. Lennox was knocked out by Rahman, Klitschko was knocked out by sanders – both came back and became all tome greats. What matters isn’t that Anthony Joshua lost, its heavyweight boxing – shit happens, what matters is if Anthony can come back bigger and better than before. Both Lewis and Klitschko came back better boxers, we’ll see if it happens with AJ.

  11. I think that Wilder s gonna be the complete Champ.I gave to W-F-115-113.I like better Fury s stile,but D W is the destroyer.

  12. He isn't in the best shape but old boy can mothaf●●●●●● BOX and throw them power hands congratulations too him and his family well deserved!!

  13. That's just about the clearest explanation of what many fans have blown out of proportion.not every fighter is Floyd and like you said greatness is defined by overcoming adversity .Floyd sacrificed any kind of attacking side he had partly because of his hand injuries so they weren't the most exciting fights to watch.now we get to see what Joshuas is made off and I can't wait.fans esp young fans need to have a bit of loyalty and maybe even climb in a ring a do a bit of light sparring to get a 5% idea of what it takes to risk your life and carry the hope of the fans …imagine that.
    There's no sport like boxing it's the one sport you don't play you fucking fight and as an ex fighter I can tell you that it's a lonely sport when you lose,you've no team mates to go back to the changing rooms and just say "we had a bad day"..it's on you….some fighters never recover from losing and they don't even have to have been badly hurt…..broner is a good example after madiana seemingly took his confidence and made him hesitate and that's one of the main way losing manifests itself …it's called gun shy and it can happen to fighters who are aging and the hand to eye co'ordination goes or it can happen when a fighter takes his first loss….Prince nassem hamed is a perfect example cos in his next and last fight after the barrerra whooping he fought a lower tier fighter and it was gone…it was still there physically but mentally it was over and he hadn't really been seriously hurt by barrerra but his ego collapse caused him to do something he'd never had to do…..question himself.i don't think Joshua will crumble but no one knows for sure .he may not know until that bell goes.if he does fans will say he was always an hype job but it's just not as simple as that.
    Manny got knocked the fuck out by Marquez but it's testament to his mental fortitude to continue and even whoop a young man's ass.thurman had been inactive but he was still thirty and fighting an older smaller battle worn Manny…crazy sport

  14. Anthony Joshua is a born animal
    Andy Ruiz Jr showed us that heart matters more than anything else
    cant wait for the rematch.

  15. One for fat guys everywhere
    Cant stop watching this fight on replay hopefully the rematch is just as intriguing

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  17. Ruiz has so much blubber it makes him a perfect shock absorber. You could literally see the shock waves rippling thorough his body.

  18. Joshua isn’t as good as Ali or Tyson. This whole video is a joke and Iv only watched 1:36 minutes of it so far, terrible!

  19. It's crazy how much difference a decade can make! I was just watching a lot of 90's classics lately & after watching this video was thinking how this decade of fighters would match up with those of the 90's & wow, they would've basically been the 90's fighters sparring partners at best just good enough to help them tune up for a "real" fight! Seriously it's that big of a difference the same goes for the decade before this one where Vlad (the Russian brothers) Klichco;s ruled with that classic pathetic old British & European stiff boring style ruled everybody & the left hook's of the world was lost somewhere in outer fucking space! But the 90's was freaking awesome especially for the HW division but also all around in all weights it was freaking loaded with straight killers who wanted to fight each other & then fight again after that & many trilogies after that!
    But I wish these guys today well & ain't hating on them but i'm just saying they are pathetic compared to the competition of the 90's & the tyson era before that & don't even get me started on the mid 60- the 70's O hell yeah!! lol. & it's just something ya can't help but notice when you're used to that level of fighters & fights! I sure miss those days! Thank God for the UFC it came in at just the right time! During my generation (born in 1972) This has been the greatest ever to be a fight fan! I'm extremely grateful & humbled to be so blessed! This day & time of my life as a hard core fight fan (of all combat sports) is something people used to could only dream about! Thank's Jesus you're awesome!!

  20. Klitschko should NEVER be mentioned in the same breath with other real great heavyweights like Lewis, Holyfield, or Tyson. He was nothing but an overrated robot who reigned as champ during the division's competitive nadir. And once he became champion, he padded his record by fighting a bunch of European bums. He was so :"dominant" that most of his fights weren't even televised on American networks. As for Ruiz-Joshua, unless he strengthens his punch resistance, AJ will get stopped again…possibly sooner than the first fight.

  21. He is not really the undisputed Champion. He needs that WBC belt! The WBO belt is a piece of shit division means nothing!! But Kuddos to Ruiz for winning the IBF/WBA! But he is not the undisputed champ like Mike Tyson or Evander Holyfield were!

  22. Andy go runnin and turn that body into muscle youll be the real champ for a very long time. I respect you alot.

  23. You are wrong Rummy, the problem is Joshua has a very very weak chin. It is over for him . Much much weaker skin than Lennox Lewis ! He can not be a contender , Furry will eat him alive for breakfast. The referee saved Joshua from embarrassment . Joshua would be in the hospital if the referees , did not stop the fight

  24. Full respect to Ruiz. He didn't let the hype get to him he just went about his business and laid a beating on AJ. Congrats Champ.

  25. Please don't forget to do fury and deontay wilder since you are remembering this one.Rummy sorry you are biased.You are bigger than this.

  26. Rummy!!!! What happened to the accent! No body tells it like you! You're the best Rummy but don't loose your accent! We love it! Sincerely!

  27. Ruiz makes Foreman look like Holyfield.  This guy fights like Roberto Duran with a few buffets on his stomach.

  28. I think here's a fair point. If Joshua never quite recovered from the first knock down i think his corner should have stopped it before the ref. I think this carries weight in Joshua, now that he knows his corner is not there to protect him from himself. Not good to walk into a ring all alone. The man may be broken, i don't see this going well for him.

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