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Andy Ruiz Jr: champion of the ring, and of tubby underdogs everywhere

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04.06.2019

In these dark times, you have to take joy wherever you can find it: in footage of a deaf child being able to experience sound for the first time, in the epic lip-sync battle between Brooke Lynn Hytes and Yvie Oddly in this season’s RuPaul’s Drag Race, or any time a tiny dog (preferably a corgi, but a chihuahua at a push) tries to chase and catch a massive ball that would never fit in its itsy-bitsy jaws.

This weekend, I found a new image that I will return to over and over again in times of crisis, whenever that picture of Nigel Farage covered in salted caramel milkshake just doesn’t hit the spot. It is my Mona Lisa. I want it everywhere – on my wallpaper, on my screensaver, on the inside of my eyelids so it’s the first thing I see in the morning and the last thing I see at night. It’s this, a photo of Anthony Joshua, that impossible Herculean demigod, being laid on his arse by Andy Ruiz Jr, a man whose physique can only be described as “Peter Kay in those John Smith’s ads from the noughties”.

So much about it is perfect – from the fallen pose of Joshua and the glove raised in awe of Ruiz’s glorious protruding belly, to the gawping faces in the........

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