There is one constant as DAZN tries to tell the inside story of the most improbable upset in boxing since Buster Douglas defeated Mike Tyson in 1990: The calm demeanor Andy Ruiz Jr. maintained before, during and even after his June 1 upset victory of Anthony Joshua.
Ruiz became the IBF-WBA-WBO heavyweight champion when he knocked out Joshua in the seventh round of their bout at Madison Square Garden in New York. That made Ruiz the first Mexican heavyweight champion, a seminal moment for that boxing-mad country.
DAZN’s “About: The story behind the upset of the era” is a behind-the-scenes look at the build-up to the fight, highlights of the match itself and its aftermath, and it shows an always-relaxed Ruiz who believed when few others did.
The 27-minute documentary, which was executive produced by Meek Mill, details how Ruiz, an 11-1 underdog to the much bigger and more highly acclaimed champion, kept his composure in the build-up to the biggest fight of his life.
It shows Ruiz both before and after the pre-fight news conference. He was a late replacement for Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller and got the bout when he sent a private message to promoter Eddie Hearn on Instagram promising a show.
There are no great revelations in the film, other than that Ruiz never was intimidated, always was confident and said repeatedly that he would make the most of the unexpected opportunity.
A large portion of the early part of the show details Ruiz’s fighter meeting with the DAZN on-air talent. Those meetings are sessions in which the broadcasters ask the fighters questions to get information to use during the broadcast.
Ruiz is shown smiling, relaxed and confident, predicting his victory. The highlights lay out the story of the fight well, how Ruiz rallied from a third-round knockdown to knock Joshua down four times before the bout was halted.
It ends with footage from Ruiz’s appearance on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” The most telling part is where Ruiz is shopping for something to wear and he’s torn because if he buys a fancy sport coat, he doesn’t want his fans to think he’s forgotten about his roots.
It’s a comprehensive and compelling story about a fight that will define the heavyweight landscape in 2019 and beyond.
It’s only available on the DAZN app, but is well worth your time.
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