Ex-Heavyweight Champ John Ruiz Hangs Gloves

John Ruiz‘s boxing career is over. The former two-time WBA world heavyweight champion released a statement today, saying that his recent loss to reigning WBA champion David Haye of Britain was his last fight.

Ruiz became a world champion for the first time when he defeated Evander Holyfield via unanimous decision in early 2001. His win against Holyfield made Ruiz the first Latino heavyweight champion. He defended his title twice, against Holyfield and Kirk Johnson, before losing it to Roy Jones Jr. in March 2003.

Ruiz won the WBA title the second time when he outpointed former WBC and IBF champion Hasim Rahman in December 2003. He again defended the title twice, this time against Fres Oquendo and Andrew Golota. He lost to James Toney in 2005. However, Ruiz was reinstated as champion after Toney tested positive for a banned substance in a post-fight test.

The 38-year-old Ruiz fought Haye on April 3 this year in a bid to capture the WBA belt for the third time, but he was knocked down four times before his corner threw in the towel in the ninth round. Ruiz finished his career with 44 wins, nine losses, and one draw.