Tuesday, April 27, 2010

First Latino heavy weight champ retires

Former heavyweight champ Ruiz retires
By Sports Network via Miamiherald.com, April 26, 2010

Former heavyweight champ John Ruiz has decided to call it a career.

Ruiz, nicknamed "The Quietman," was twice the owner of the WBA title and was the first heavyweight champ of Latino heritage.

"I've had a great career but it's time for me to turn the page and start a new chapter of my life," said Ruiz in a statement Monday. "I'm proud of what I accomplished with two world titles, 12 championship fights and being the first Latino heavyweight champion of the world. I fought anybody who got in the ring with me and never ducked anyone. Now, I'm looking forward to spending more time with my family."

The Massachusetts native plans to return to the Boston area to open a boxing gym in the inner city.

Ruiz, 38, finished with a career record of 44-9-1, including 30 knockouts. His last fight was April 3, a knockout loss to David Haye.

Six of Ruiz's nine losses came against world champions. He also beat three world champs in Evander Holyfield, Hasim Rahman and Tony Tucker.

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