Reactions to Ruiz’s Upset of Joshua

Andy Ruiz Jr. made history as a major underdog on June 1, becoming the first Mexican heavyweight champion with a seventh-round TKO of Anthony Joshua.

The shocking upset sparked reactions from various figures across combat sports, including some of Joshua’s rival heavyweights.

WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder mocked Joshua’s title reign, while Dillian Whyte shared a link to a YouTube video of a song by British band The Verve entitled “The Drugs Don’t Work.”

One rival heavyweight, however, did offer encouragement — Tyson Fury. Fury recently announced he’s signed to face Wilder in a future WBC Championship rematch.

Unified middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez congratulated a now fellow Mexican boxing champion in Ruiz, as did Irish-born UFC superstar Conor McGregor.

A fellow UFC lightweight in Dustin Poirier, the interim UFC lightweight champion, sent a message to undisputed champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. The two are rumored to clash in the main event of UFC 242.

Some boxing legends, namely George Foreman and Oscar De La Hoya, provided their own analysis into what happened to Joshua and this fight. Meanwhile, Lennox Lewis could only express shock at what had transpired.

Undisputed female middleweight champion Claressa Shields, who was present at the event, expressed sorrow for her now former fellow champion getting stopped for the first time. WBA (Super) Super Featherweight Champ Gervonta Davis, like many others, expressed his own take of being stunned at the result.

Following the upset, DAZN’s USA Twitter account posted a photo of Joshua posing with rapper Drake, expressing that “The curse is real.” This is in reference to a trend in recent sports history that says any player or team supported by Drake goes on to lose in major events.

Upon seeing this, promoter Lou DiBella quipped none of his fighters would be allowed to be alongside the award-winning recording artist.

As for Ruiz, despite enjoying the moment of leaving his mark in boxing history, he had a message for promoter Eddie Hearn.

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