What an absolutely insane weekend we had at Madison Square Garden. One of the greatest upsets in the history of boxing and of course title fights galore on DAZN. Here is my recap of all the fun from Saturday.
Saturday June 1 – DAZN
This was supposed to be routine, predictable, dare we say easy win for Anthony Joshua in his US debut. Well, big Lee Corso voice here, NOT SO FAST MY FRIENDS, Andy Ruiz came to win this weekend and that is exactly what he did. He got knocked down by a big left hook in the third round, he bit down on his mouthpiece and put Joshua on the canvas twice in the third. Two more knock downs in the seventh round sealed the champs fate and we had the first Mexican Heavyweight Champion of the world jumping for joy in the center of the arena.
This is the biggest upset probably since Lennox Lewis vs. Hasim Rahman I and gives hope to fighters of all shapes, sizes, and colors.
This obviously set up a rematch in England and it will be a massive fight for the division. While Wilder and Fury are off planning their rematch now Joshua is in his unwanted predicament and we have some fun happening with the big boys.
I just hope this shows people that size does not matter in boxing and of course styles make fights. On any given night anyone can win and that is exactly what Andy Ruiz Jr. did on Saturday as a 15/1 underdog.
– In the Co Main event we got a chance to see WBA Super Middleweight Champion Callum Smith do his thing against Hassan N’Dam. This was a showcase for the champion and he delivered, showing his full arsenal of punches and finished N’Dam in the third with and unbelievable right cross. I hope some unifications start happening at 168 because there is a ton of talent in that division right now.
-Also on the card was the women’s lightweight fight for the Undisputed title with all 4 belts on the line. Champions Katie Taylor and Delfine Persoon put everything on the line and delivered an extremely entertaining and action packed bout. Personally I felt Persoon edged it out but the judges did not see it that way and awarded Katie Taylor the Majority decision. We now have three Undisputed Champions in womens boxing with Taylor at 135, Cecilia Braekhus at 147 and Claressa Shields at 160. If only the men could be so cooperative and fight the best!
-Also on the card Chris Algieri got a stoppage win, Joshua Buatsi continued his rise with another knockout, and highly touted prospect Josh Kelly got lucky with a draw against Ray Robinson
I hope everyone enjoyed this historic night and we are back at MSG next week with GGG vs some person named Steve Rolls.
*Updated Pound for Pound list is below