Coming into his fight tonight with Andy Ruiz Jr., Anthony Joshua had never been defeated in a professional fight.
He carried a perfect 22-0 record into the night, with 21 of those victories coming via the knockout.
Well, Ruiz Jr. ended up being the one who got the knockout win tonight, as he shocked everyone by handing Joshua his first ever loss.
Ruiz was awarded the TKO after Joshua tried to return to his corner in the middle of the round and was not engaging with the referee.
By winning this fight, Ruiz took all four of Joshua’s heavyweight titles and is the first fighter of Mexican descent to be a heavyweight champion.
What makes this all the more impressive is the fact that this was not even supposed to be Ruiz’ fight. Jarrell Miller was on the card opposite Joshua, but he failed drug tests making him ineligible to fight.
Ruiz stepped up in short notice and took the fight and ended up pulling off one of the biggest upsets in recent history.
There has been a lot of talk recently about the resurgence of the heavyweight division in boxing. This is because Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury and Joshua all have been establishing themselves as household names in the sport.
All of sudden, Ruiz has put his name in the same conversation with those elite boxers.
Hopefully we get to see many more fights between those big names in the coming years, so that boxing can truly return to prominence.
Top 20 Greatest Sports Movies of All-Time
Sports movies are the perfect personification of everything that we love about sports. They give the audience the same thrilling emotion that goes into the competition of sports, but with a dash of movie magic.
Stories of perseverance such Rudy or Rocky teach you to never give you up. While movies like Replacements and Bad News Bears show how any group of misfits can come together as a team to overcome all odds.
Now before we get into this list one thing needs to be made clear, there is spoilers that lie ahead as we look back at the Best Sports Movies of all-time.
Gvozdyk Retains Light Heavyweight World Title
Oleksandr Gvozdyk is a rising star in the boxing world, as their reigning light-heavyweight champion.
Gvozdyk had to defend his title for the first time last night, after winning it back in December, and he proved to be victorious once again.
The Ukrainian boxer first jumped onto the scene in 2012, when he won the bronze medal at the Olympics in his lightweight division.
Since then, Gvozdyk has become one of the best boxers in the sport and is undefeated in his first 17 fights.
Last night, Gvozdyk’s fight ended prematurely as his opponent, Doudou Ngumbu, suffered a calf injury which forced the stoppage of the fight in the fifth round.
Regardless of the circumstances behind his victory, Gvozdyk remains the WBC light-heavyweight world champion.
WATCH: Kanye West Inspires Oscar De La Hoya To Announce His Run For President In 2020
The current political climate is such that anyone who has the money and will is signing up to run for President of the United States. One of those people is boxing sensation Oscar De La Hoya. He told TMZ in a candid interview that he is indeed running for President and is currently putting together a team to do so.
When asked about whether he was serious about this new chapter, he adamantly said yes. He cited Kanye West as one of the inspirations behind his reason for announcing. “If a Kanye West can do it and announce and maybe tease the world that… he would maybe one day want to run for President, why not me?!”
Watch the interview below.
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