Anthony Joshua was behind on two of the judges’ scorecards when he was stopped by Andy Ruiz Jr in the seventh round of their world title fight.
Joshua lost all four of his heavyweight belts in dramatic fashion as referee Michael Griffin deemed he was unable to continue in the seventh round.
The Brit had twice hit the canvas in the third round, and despite seeming to regain some composure he was never fully recovered and a hard right hand from Ruiz a few rounds later was enough to stop the fight.
After a composed start, Joshua unexpectedly found himself dragged into a war on his US debut which he ultimately lost.
The judges scorecards at the time of the stoppage show he was down 57-56 on the cards of Michael Alexander and Julie Lederman, with Pasquale Procopio having Joshua 57-56 up.
All three gave Joshua the first two rounds before his dream US debut at boxing’s most iconic venue rapidly descended into a nightmare.
In the end, the cards were not needed as Ruiz finished the job in brutal fashion to cause one of the biggest upsets in boxing history.
Speaking in the post-fight press conference, Ruiz revealed he was determined to prevent relying on the judges scorecards despite it since being revealed he was leading at the time.
“I didn’t want to leave it to the judges,” he declared.
Speaking immediately after the fight, a disappointed Joshua told Sky Sports Box Office: “Boxing is a tough sport, but I train hard and I got beaten by a good fighter, it will be interesting to see how far he goes, but this is all part of the journey.
“Congratulations to the first Mexican heavyweight champion. We bounce back.
“I’m a fighter by heart, boxer by trade, it has got people talking and there’s more life in the heavyweight division.
“This is the risk we take, every fighter deserves respect so congratulations to him. I respect every fighter, this is all part of the legacy, it’s how strong I came back. He’s a champion for now, I shall return.”