The sport of boxing was shook to its core on June 1 when a new unified world heavyweight champion was crowned at Madison Square Garden.
Social media was set ablaze when Andy Ruiz Jr. stopped Anthony Joshua to win the WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight titles. What was just as shocking was in the manner in which Ruiz beat Joshua, which was a seventh-round stoppage after knocking him down four times.
From current to former world champions to rising contenders and prospects, everyone had something to say about the historic night. Below are reactions from the boxing world, including from WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, on the historic upset.
He wasn’t a true champion. His whole career was consisted of lies, contradictions and gifts.— Deontay Wilder (@BronzeBomber) June 2, 2019
Facts and now we know who was running from who!!!!#TilThisDay
We have our back and Forth’s but @anthonyfjoshua changed his stars through life. heavyweight boxing, these things happen, rest up, recover, regroup and come again ----— TYSON FURY (@Tyson_Fury) June 2, 2019
Viva Mexicooooo ---- felicidades Andy me da muchísimo gusto ver a alguien con determinación triunfar --------— Canelo Alvarez (@Canelo) June 2, 2019
Humble in victory and gracious in defeat @anthonyfjoshua ---- This moment is yours AndyRuiz and the course of history takes a turn just like that. The heavyweight division is alive and well! Congrats again @Andy_destroyer1 ---- pic.twitter.com/8ynP6gHHKb— Joseph Parker (@joeboxerparker) June 2, 2019
Andy Ruiz is a real fighter and a gentleman couldn’t be happier for him— Papi De La Liver Puncher (@davidthewhiter1) June 2, 2019
WOW! Andy Ruiz just shocked the world! That was one of the biggest upsets in boxing history.— Manny Pacquiao (@MannyPacquiao) June 2, 2019
I don’t even know what to say right now! -- #JoshuaRuiz— Lennox Lewis (@LennoxLewis) June 2, 2019
My blood brother. I ain't even gonna say he'll bounce back coz we know that. I'm gonna say respect to him for respecting boxing and never letting it make or break him as a man. pic.twitter.com/NEyzeL2yav— Lawrence Okolie (@Lawrence_tko) June 2, 2019
Can’t believe it! Devastated— Gamal Yafai (@Gamal_yafai) June 2, 2019
Congratulations to my friend @Andy_destroyer1 and all the Mexican people. Mexico's first ever Heavyweight world champion and respect to AJ for been so gracious in defeat. #JoshuaRuiz— Gary Spike OSullivan (@spike_osullivan) June 2, 2019
Felicitaciones a mi amigo @Andy_destroyer1 mexicano ya todos los mexicanos. #VivaMexico -- pic.twitter.com/cG7CuduLk3
Pura pinchi RAZZZZAAA!!!! Congratulations @Andy_destroyer1— Oscar De La Hoya (@OscarDeLaHoya) June 2, 2019
Buster Douglas mike Tyson— Ryan Garcia (@KingRyanG) June 2, 2019
Now it’s Andy Ruiz Anthony Joshua
--— Terence Crawford (@terencecrawford) June 2, 2019
I hated to see y’all hate on him saying he was going to get knocked out in a couple rounds, but look you when you see a small dog with a big fight in him you can’t bet against that. Congrats to the Mexican Heavyweight champion I’m happy to see it pic.twitter.com/JTRKXJBv2r— Peter Quillin (@KIDCHOCOLATE) June 2, 2019
ZaMnNnN J0sHuA GoT sTopPeD?!!--— Gervonta Davis (@Gervontaa) June 2, 2019
ANDY RUIZ JNR has shocked the world!!!! Unbelievable #JoshuaRuizJr— Jamie Conlan (@JamieConlan11) June 2, 2019
GET THE FUCK OUTTA HERE— caleb truax (@GoldenCalebT) June 2, 2019
MEXICAN POWER BABY!!!!!!!------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ -- -- -------------------- @ Las Vegas, Nevada https://t.co/NjpE8oBAOr— FerozFernandoVargas (@_FernandoVargas) June 2, 2019
Anytime u look at your corner u know what that mean— Errol Spence (@ErrolSpenceJr) June 2, 2019
Fightful had a live podcast after the fight ended dissecting Ruiz's historic upset win over Joshua as well as the rest of the main card which can be seen in the video below.