Andy Ruiz stops Anthony Joshua, U.K. fighters look bad on the undercard
Andy “The Destroyer” Ruiz Jr (33-1, 22 KOs) stopped WBA/IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (22-1, 21 KOs) in round seven on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in New York City, to become the first Mexican heavyweight champion as well a pull off a massive upset.
Ruiz coming in at the heaviest of his career since 2012 touched the canvas in the third round only to return the favor to Joshua who was dropped by a left hook, and then Ruiz dropped Joshua again before the fight was waived off. In the seventh, Ruiz dropped Joshua again, twice, with the second knockout causing the bout to be waived off.
Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, stated a rematch will take place close to November.
WBA super middleweight champion Callum “Mundo” Smith (26-0, 19 KOs) destroyed former three-time middleweight champion Hassan N’Dam (37-4, 21 KOs) in three rounds on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in New York City, dropping several times.
In a clash for the undisputed WBA/WBC/IBF/WBO female lightweight title, Katie Taylor (14-0, 6 KOs) took a highly controversial majority decision over Delfine Persoon (43-2, 18 KOs) on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
From my sofa, Persoon out worked Taylor, but the judges didn’t agree one had it a draw 95-95 and two of them had it 96-94 for Taylor.
Welterweight Josh Kelly (9-0-1, 6 KOs) and “The New” Ray Robinson (24-3-2, 12 KOs) battled to a ten round draw. Robinson has now resurrected his career by going to a draw in his last two bouts with two highly regarded prospects, and in both fights, most feel Robinson should’ve won.
2016 Olympic light heavyweight bronze medalist Joshua Buatsi (11-0, 9 KOs) stopped former contender Marco Antonio Periban (25-5-1, 16 KOs) in round four.
Former world champion Chris Algieri (24-3, 9 KOs) stopped Tommy Coyle (25-5, 12 KOs) in eight rounds. Coyle’s corner stopped it in the corner, Algieri is ranked #5 in the WBO super lightweight division, the belt that is held by Maurice Hooker. Hooker is scheduled to fight Jose Ramirez this summer.
Unbeaten middleweight Souleymane Cissokho (9-0, 6 KOs) picked up the biggest win of his career defeating Vladimir Hernandez (10-4, 6 KOs) over eight rounds. The judges saw it 80-72, 79-73, 79-73.
Middleweight Austin “Ammo” Williams (2-0, 2 KOs) knocked out Quadeer Jenkins (0-2) in the first round of action