BOXING fans were left stunned as Anthony Joshua was dropped FOUR times against Andy Ruiz Jr losing his US debut.
underdog challenger with a mighty left hook in round two Joshua was then floored after going on the attack.
Anthony Joshua (left) is counted down by referee Mike Griffen against Andy Ruiz Jr in the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO Heavyweight World Championships title fight at Madison Square Garden, New York.
Joshua was dropped four times by Ruiz on his US debut in New York
Ruiz landed a left hook before bundling the Watford ace to the deck.
As AJ was in survival mode Ruiz again had the champion on the floor with the bell just about saving the 29-year-old unified champion.
Joshua was again shaken in round three as he looked to regain his composure but continued to box with caution in rounds four and five.
At the end of the fifth Joshua even asked trainer Robert McCracken what round it was before questioning why he was so gassed out in the next stanza.
Ruiz completed the unthinkable in round seven as he again dropped the Brit twice before the referee called off the contest.
Joshua was handed his first career defeat on the night he fought in the US for the first time in the pro ranks.
Promoter Eddie Hearn revealed a rematch clause will be invoked and the pair will square off again, this time in Joshua’s home comfort of the UK.
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