Andy Ruiz Jr.
The first fighter of Mexican descent to win a heavyweight title stirred memories of shockers like Buster Douglas when the huge underdog (25-to-1 in some places) knocked down Anthony Joshua four times to win by technical knockout Saturday night and stake his claim to four heavyweight belts. Ruiz, a flabby fighter out of Southern California, was nearly booed out of Madison Square Garden as he stepped into the ring against the chiseled Joshua, but he said he would get in shape for an expected rematch this year. “I want to get in shape and look like a Mexican Anthony,” Ruiz said, laughing. “But I was ready for war. I was ready for all 12 rounds.”
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The news conference in which the 2018 French Open runner-up was to talk about his third-round win Saturday was abruptly halted to make way for Serena Williams following her loss at the tournament. Williams was so eager to get her media obligations over with that she met with reporters a little more than 10 minutes after her match ended, much sooner than usual — so Thiem was told to make way. He called it “a joke, really,” but was able to laugh about it later, according to Roger Federer, who relayed the incident Sunday. “It’s just about, ‘How in the world did this happen?’” Federer said. “I don’t think he’s mad at Serena or anybody.”
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