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By Michael Emons

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  1. Thanks and goodbye

    We're going to end the written part of this live page, but remember that BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra has the full Joshua-Ruiz fight replayed in whole at 07:00 BST and 08:00 BST.

    To listen along, follow this link for commentary.

    What a night of boxing. What a night.

    Anthony Joshua loses his world titles as he is stunned by outsider Andy Ruiz. Thank you for joining us and for all your comments. Bye for now.

  2. Joshua sensationally beaten by Ruiz Jr - read the report

    Luke Reddy

    BBC Sport at Madison Square Garden

    Anthony Joshua is stopped by the referee

    Andy Ruiz Jr produced one of the biggest shocks in the history of heavyweight boxing to rip Anthony Joshua's IBF, WBO and WBA world heavyweight titles from him and tear up the division's proposed plot lines.

    In a truly remarkable fight at New York's Madison Square Garden, Ruiz floored Joshua four times en route to a seventh-round stoppage which stunned this famous arena and handed the Briton his first defeat as a professional.

    Joshua was a 1-25 favourite with bookmakers and will now join the likes of Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson as dominant champions to suffer losses which brought the sport to a standstill.

    "I got beaten by a good fighter," said Joshua on Sky Sports. "It will be interesting to see how far he goes, but this is all part of the journey.

    "He's a champion for now, I shall return."

  3. 'Ruiz's shock victory completed a great night of boxing'

    Andy Ruiz Jr wins

    Steve Bunce

    BBC Radio 5 Live boxing pundit at Madison Square Garden

    Callum Smith was punch perfect, Katie Taylor was involved in the best women's fight I have seen, even if the result wasn't right, and Andy Ruiz's shock victory completed a great night of boxing.

    Andy Ruiz Jr
  4. The Drake 'curse' remains

    This tweet didn't age well.

    Earlier this year, rapper Drake was "banned" from speaking to football players or teams on as every time he was pictured with them they then lost.

    He met Joshua earlier this year, who then posted a social media message saying he was 'bout to break the curse'.

    Don't think Drake's going to be allowed near any athlete again soon.

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  5. Post update

    That ends any doubts of whether Joshua would walk away from boxing after this stunning defeat.

  6. 'We didn't come this far to stop under pressure'

    Anthony Joshua, talking at a news conference after his shock loss to Andy Ruiz, says: "I’ll see what is next and move on. He is a decent fighter and it was his chance, it can be easy to overlook someone because of their shape but he was the better man tonight and he won.

    "If people ask me about Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury, I’m all ears to it and I’ll give you the answer. I still want to compete with those men but a rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr is where we are at. I got caught on the top of the head and I just didn’t recover in time, so now I brush off the cobwebs and go again."

    Asked how much a setback it was in his career, he said: "Naturally it does, but if it was the end of the road I would say yes, but it’s about what is next. It is a minor setback but the locks on the door do not change and I still love the sport.

    "I’m still a champ and I will rectify it to get the belts back. I come from a good family but I have dealt with more than this in life. I feel it is part of a journey I am on, and this is boxing. We didn’t come this far to stop under pressure."

  7. Post update

    "A minor setback" is the way Anthony Joshua is trying to downplay this.

  8. Post update

    We weren't expecting to hear from Anthony Joshua tonight, but he has just taken his place at a news conference so those quotes will be incoming soon, stay with us.

  9. 'Joshua's invincibility has gone now'

    Listen to some of the reaction from our 5 Live pundits by clicking the link below.

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  10. Listen again, right now

    BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra

    Remember, BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra now is the place to go to listen to the fight again.

    Click here to go to the commentary. We're just listening to the national anthems again, so the fight carnage has not started yet.

    Our commentary team is Mike Costello, Steve Bunce, Carl Frampton and David Haye. You don't want to miss this.

  11. 'Pick yourself up and learn from this'

    More reaction, this time from former undisputed world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis.

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  12. Post update

    Luke Reddy

    BBC Sport at Madison Square Garden

    Joshua is having a concussion test.

    Word was he wasn't doing a news conference due to doctor's view. Eddie Hearn now saying he is going to find out for sure.

  13. Get Involved


    Riquelme: AJ's bizarre post fight behaviour (all smiles etc) is because his personality was media trained all along, and he obviously hadn't media trained for losing. He is all manufacture.

    ShoG0n: He's an embarrassment to British boxing, Ruiz outclassed him. He was pampered from the word go, he should hang his head in shame

  14. Listen again

    BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra

    Want to listen to one of THE biggest boxing shocks of all time?

    Well you're in luck as we will be replaying the Joshua-Ruiz fight in whole from 06:00 BST on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra. It will also be played again on the same channel at 07:00 BST and 08:00

  15. 'Follow your dreams'

    Luke Reddy

    BBC Sport at Madison Square Garden

    "I want to go and get in shape and look like the Mexican Anthony".

    The words of Andy Ruiz Jr, who earns himself a big laugh.

    He adds: "Follow your dreams, if someone puts you down don't listen, just keep working like I did. We just made history.

    "The way that I look. The extra flab I carry. I didn't want to lose much weight for this fight, I wanted to be strong as he's a big guy. Now I want to get in real good shape and look like a Mexican Anthony."

  16. A quick recap...

    Just waking up? This is what you are waking up to. One of the biggest shocks in boxing history and this is how it unfolded...

    • Anthony Joshua, after a slow start, knocked down Andy Ruiz in the third round.
    • However, less than a minute later, Ruiz knocked down Joshua, who gets up and then gets knocked down again in the same round - the third.
    • After a quiet fourth, Joshua looked to enjoy a fifth round, but at the end of the sixth looks like he is out of energy, not engaging for the last 30 seconds.
    • Joshua is knocked down twice more in the seventh round (for the third and fourth times overall). He gets up both times, but after the second one does not respond to the referee's instructions and the referee then stops the fight.
    • Ruiz takes the IBF, WBA, WBO, IBO world titles
    • Promoter Eddie Hearn says a rematch is likely in either November or December.
  17. Joshua was losing on two cards

    Two of the three ringside judges had Anthony Joshua losing by 57-56 when the fight was stopped in the seventh. The other judge had the score that way in Joshua's favour.

  18. 'I am not going to let these belts go'

    Luke Reddy

    BBC Sport at Madison Square Garden

    Andy Ruiz is doing his news conference and says he would have knocked Joshua out had the fight continued, thinks this will change his life and his mother will not have to "struggle" anymore.

    "This is not going to be the only victory. I am not going to let these belts go," said Ruiz.

    Anthony Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn says this result has "not sunk in" and said that Joshua is getting checked by the doctor but is OK.

    "This will eat him up bad," added Hearn. "Some fighters lose and fight back, some never come back the same."