The Ruiz family is living large in June of 2019. According to the Daily Mail, Andy Ruiz Jr.’s parents even bet $1,000 on their son as a 10/1 underdog to beat Anthony Joshua.
“Luckily I put a thousand on him to win and he did it, I got a ten thousand back from a casino. We persuaded friends to places bets and they all won, too,” Andy’s mother Felicitas Ruiz told the Daily Mail.
The month started with Andy Ruiz Jr. pulling a monster upset, beating the previously-unbeaten Joshua via seventh-round knockout at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Ruiz won the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles after taking the fight on short notice.
Joshua had originally been scheduled to defend his heavyweight belts against Jarrell Miller, but Miller was denied a license by the New York Athletic Commission after failing three different drug tests for PEDs. On May 1, Ruiz was confirmed to replace Miller against Joshua in the June 1 match at MSG.
In the third round, Joshua scored a knockdown on Ruiz, who was a +900 underdog at Sportsbook but had more generous odds at betting shops like 5Dimes (+1350) and BetOnline (+1375).
Just when it looked as if Joshua was going to make quick work of Ruiz as expected, the 29-year-old son of Mexican immigrants answered with a knockdown of Joshua. Ruiz sent Joshua down to the canvas again later in the third round.
In the seventh with Ruiz up 57-56 on two scorecards and trailing 57-56 on another, he floored Joshua with a third knockdown. At the 1:33 mark of Round 7, Ruiz put Joshua down for a fourth and final time to score the biggest upset in boxing’s heavyweight division since James “Buster” Douglas stunned Mike Tyson as a 42/1 underdog in Tokyo back on Feb. 11 of 1990.
Ruiz improved his professional record to 33-1 with the victory over Joshua, who is now 22-1. The 29-year-old Brit had knocked out 21 of his first 22 opponents before facing Ruiz.
Since becoming a household name overnight, Ruiz has been in talks with Snickers on an endorsement deal. He brought loads of attention to his favorite snack, and the brand has already provided him with a novelty “Snickers Heavyweight Championship” belt. Ruiz and his family have also gone to Mexico City to meet the Mexican President.
A rematch between Ruiz and Joshua is expected to take place later this year. William Hill has Joshua installed as a -333 favorite, leaving Ruiz at +250 on the comeback.