Where does Joshua’s loss to Andy Ruiz Jnr rank among upsets?

Buster Douglas beating Mike Tyson, Cassius Clay slaying Sonny Liston… where does Anthony Joshua’s defeat by Andy Ruiz Jnr rank among greatest heavyweight upsets in history?

  • Anthony Joshua lost his WBO, WBA, IBF heavyweight titles to Andy Ruiz Jnr 
  • The Briton’s defeat will go down as one of the greatest shocks in boxing history 
  • Sportsmail looks at the other fights that rank as the sport’s biggest upsets 

Anthony Joshua succumbed to one of the biggest shocks in heavyweight history against Andy Ruiz Jnr on Saturday night as he lost his WBA, IBF and WBO titles.

The Brit was knocked down four times before his seventh-round stoppage at the hands of the Mexican at Madison Square Gardens.  

From Buster Douglas to Cassius Clay, Sportsmail looks at other great upsets from throughout the history of the heavyweight division.

Andy Ruiz Jr produced a stunning upset to strip Anthony Joshua of his heavyweight titles

Andy Ruiz Jr produced a stunning upset to strip Anthony Joshua of his heavyweight titles

BUSTER DOUGLAS KOs MIKE TYSON, 1990

After five years, 37 fights and no defeats, Mike Tyson was expected to record an easy win over ageing underdog Buster Douglas despite an increasingly turbulent private life. Douglas would then lose the titles to Evander Holyfield in his first defence eight months later.

JEFF POWELL: Driven to surpass himself by promising his mother on her death-bed that he would win the world title, Buster climbed off the canvas in Tokyo with the help of a long count to turn 42-1 odds against him into a tenth-round knockout of the feared Iron Mike.

Mike Tyson was sent to the first defeat of his career by Buster Douglas in Tokyo in 1990

CASSIUS CLAY KOs SONNY LISTON, 1964

At just 22 and with an Olympic gold medal to his name from Rome 1960, the up-and-coming Cassius Clay seized the WBA and WBC titles from the then-unbeaten Liston, who was making his second title defence.

JEFF POWELL: In his first incarnation as the young Cassius, Muhammad Ali shocked the world by slaying the Liston monster in the seventh.

In his first world title fight, Cassius Clay offered a statement of intent in beating Sonny Liston

In his first world title fight, Cassius Clay offered a statement of intent in beating Sonny Liston

MAX SCHMELING KOs JOE LOUIS, 1936 

Max Schmeling beat Jack Sharkey by disqualification to win the world heavyweight title in 1930 and set the path for a bout against Louis six years later. 

Louis would go on to exact revenge with a first-round knockout in 1938 in the shadow of the start of World War II. 

JEFF POWELL: The ageing Schmeling spotted a foible in the punching technique of the great Joe Louis to land a 12th-round stoppage.

Max Schmeling celebrates after knocking down American Joe Louis to win their 1936 fight

Max Schmeling celebrates after knocking down American Joe Louis to win their 1936 fight

HASIM RAHMAN KOs LENNOX LEWIS, 2001 

After an undistinguished career in the heavyweight division, Hasim Rahman made the most of Lennox Lewis’ wavering focus to take the WBC, IBF, IBO, and lineal heavyweight titles from his rival. 

JEFF POWELL: Lewis tarried in Las Vegas to film an appearance in the Oceans Eleven movie. Too confident of an easy win he arrived in Johannesburg too late to acclimatise to the altitude and was knocked cold by 12-1 shot Rahman in the fifth.

Young American Hasim Rahman took advantage of Lennox Lewis' poor preparation to win

Young American Hasim Rahman took advantage of Lennox Lewis’ poor preparation to win

ANDRE RUIZ JR KOs ANTHONY JOSHUA, 2019 

A late replacement after Jarrell Miller was banned for drugs use, Andy Ruiz Jr faced mockery over his physique and Anthony Joshua even admitted he gave no thought to a rematch because he expected to win. Despite suffering a third-round knockdown, Ruiz fought back to a stunning win.  

JEFF POWELL: . The portly Ruiz overcame odds of 20-1 odds to smash the undefeated AJ to the Madison Square Garden canvas four times en route to a seventh-round KO and make history as Mexico’s first world heavyweight champion.

Mexican Ruiz sent Joshua tumbling to the canvas four times before seventh-round stoppage

Mexican Ruiz sent Joshua tumbling to the canvas four times before seventh-round stoppage

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