Wednesday 21 February 2018

Boxing: Ruiz warns rival Haye

John Ruiz has warned David Haye that he is perfectly placed to regain his WBA world heavyweight title.

Victory over Haye at the MEN Arena tonight would see Ruiz join all-time greats Muhammad Ali and Evander Holyfield in winning a portion of the title for a third time.

The 38-year-old American, who has held the WBA belt twice before, is ranked as the underdog but refuses to consider anything other than beginning a new reign as world champion.

Ruiz, known as the 'Quietman', said: "Boxing is a business . . . maybe if I did more talking when I started I'd be a billionaire by now. Who knows? But that's who I am and I don't want to change it.

"At the end of my career I want people to describe me as a proud fighter who brought honour to the sport. I've fought everyone in the world and take pride in that. I never stepped aside."

Meanwhile, Bernard Hopkins has labelled Roy Jones Jr a "dangerous and desperate" man as they prepare to renew their rivalry in Las Vegas some 17 years after the brawlers first faced each other.

It was way back in May 1993 when they contested the vacant IBF middleweight title at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC.

Jones won a unanimous decision in what was the first world title bout for both fighters and then went on to win belts at super-middleweight, light-heavyweight and heavyweight.

Those glory days have passed, and 41-year-old Jones has lost five of his last 10 fights, three by knock-out.

"Roy Jones is a desperate man. A desperate man is a dangerous man," Hopkins (45) said.

Hopkins said his rationale for the re-match is simply to reverse what he considers the only clear defeat of his career. "It's personal. It's definitely personal. I helped start his legacy and I'm going to end it."

Irish Independent

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