David Haye vs. John Ruiz [UPDATED]
Tonight at the MEN Arena in Manchester, United Kingdom, two heavyweights will face off for the WBA heavyweight title bout. It’s David Haye vs. John Ruiz.
The 29-year-old Londoner and reigning WBA heavyweight champion David Haye (23 Wins, 21 KOs, 1 Defeat, 0 Draws) will have to defend his title for the first time since he took it from the Russian giant Nokolai Valuev in November 2009.
“I want to make a big statement in this fight by showing how a heavyweight champion deals with John Ruiz,” Haye said.
“I’ll throw everything but the kitchen sink at him. It will be all guns blazing and I’m expecting to sizzle.”
American Mandatory challenger John Ruiz (44 Wins, 30 KOs, 8 Defeat, 1 Draw, 1 No Contest) has been the WBA heavyweight title holder twice in his career and would be absolutely happy to take the belt again for the third time though it would also be hard for him because of his age. At 38, Ruiz has already passed his prime in boxing but determination will most likely power him through the rounds.
Ruiz’s career peak would be his fight trilogy against Evander Holyfield where he won the first match by decision while losing the second. The final 3rd match ended in a draw in December 2001.
Whoever wins this bout the wise next step is to fight either of the two Klitschko brothers. Wladimir Klitschko holds the IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles while Vitali holds the WBC belt.
UPDATE: Haye made a successful first defense of his WBA heavyweight title, knocking down Ruiz four times before the American challenger’s corner threw in the towel in the ninth round of their fight.
UPDATE 2: Watch Haye vs. Ruiz Full Fight Video