It’s true. Andy Ruiz, Jr. threw the heavyweight division into delightful upheaval by smashing through Anthony Joshua last weekend. Ruiz, the first Mexican heavyweight titlist, is an overnight sensation. Seemingly on a dime, boxing is fun again.
As always, there’s a huge discrepancy between those currently breaking their arms patting themselves on the back for a correct upset pick and those who actually picked Ruiz to turn the trick. It happens. And who can blame them? Ruiz’s seizure of a portion of the heavyweight throne was exciting and unexpected, and everyone wants on the bandwagon.
Though we probably should have seen this coming, to some extent, to act as though Anthony Joshua was simply ripe for the taking, some helpless, floundering chump waiting to be disposed of, isn’t reality. AJ was, and perhaps still is one of heavyweight’s best offerings. The heavyweight division is just not very good, nor very deep.
So what does this mean for the immediate future of the division? What does Ruiz’s victory over Joshua mean for DAZN? And what does Premier Boxing Champions do now? Also, about that Katie Taylor verdict…
On this episode of Knuckles and Gloves Boxing Radio, author and filmmaker Brin-Jonathan Butler — who happened to attend the bout — joined fight historian Patrick Connor in recapping the action and dissecting the meaning of it all.
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