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John Ruiz Record

Total Fights55
Title Wins1
Title Defenses4
Title-Fight KOs1
KO Wins30
KO Losses2
John Ruiz Record & Stats
John Ruiz' Record
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      What is John Ruiz' boxing record?

      In a professional boxing career spanning 17 years and seven months, John Ruiz fought 55 times with 44 wins, 9 losses, and 1 draw.

      Ruiz retired from professional boxing with a record of 44-9-1, which included one heavyweight world-title win and four successful title defense fights. He had a 55.6% knockouts-to-fights ratio with 30 of his total 55 fights being knockout wins, one of which was in a title fight. Ruiz suffered two knockout losses in his career, one of which was against David Haye in a heavyweight title fight.

      His last fight was a 9th round TKO defeat to David Haye on April 3, 2010. Ruiz was fighting for the heavyweight WBA title.

      Some of Ruiz' best fights and notable victories include wins over Hall-of-Famer Evander Holyfield, Julius Francis, Hasim Rahman, Tony Tucker, and Andrew Golota.

      55Apr 3, 201038David HayeLoss *TKO9
      54Nov 7, 200937Adnan SerinWinTKO7
      53Aug 30, 200836Nikolai ValuevLoss *UD
      52Mar 8, 200836Jameel McClineWinUD
      51Oct 13, 200735Otis TisdaleWinTKO2
      50Nov 18, 200634Ruslan ChagaevLossSD
      49Dec 17, 200533Nikolai ValuevLoss *MD
      48Apr 30, 200533James ToneyNC *UD
      47Nov 13, 200432Andrew GolotaWin *UD
      46Apr 17, 200432Fres OquendoWin *TKO11
      45Dec 13, 200331Hasim RahmanWinUD
      44Mar 1, 200331Roy Jones Jr.Loss *UD
      43Jul 27, 200230Kirk JohnsonWin *DQ
      42Dec 15, 200129Evander HolyfieldDraw *SD
      41Mar 3, 200129Evander HolyfieldWin *UD
      40Aug 12, 200028Evander HolyfieldLoss *UD
      39Dec 11, 199927Thomas WilliamsWinTKO2
      38Jun 12, 199927Fernely FelizWinTKO7
      37Mar 13, 199927Mario CawleyWinTKO4
      36Sep 19, 199826Jerry BallardWinTKO4
      35Jan 31, 199826Tony TuckerWinTKO11
      34Jun 17, 199725Ray AnisWinTKO1
      33Jan 14, 199725Jimmy ThunderWinSD
      32Nov 26, 199624Yuriy YelistratovWinTKO3
      31Oct 25, 199624Nathaniel FitchWinTKO3
      30Jul 18, 199624Greg PickromWinTKO1
      29Jun 6, 199624Doug DavisWinTKO6
      28Mar 15, 199624David TuaLossKO1
      27Oct 7, 199523Steve PannellWinTKO4
      26Aug 24, 199523Willie JacksonWinKO1
      25Jun 16, 199523Derrick RoddyWinKO2
      24May 17, 199523Michael MurrayWinTKO4
      23Mar 30, 199523Jack BastingWinTKO1
      22Feb 4, 199523Boris PowellWinUD
      21Oct 1, 199422Rick SullivanWinKO2
      20Aug 4, 199422Danell NicholsonLossSD
      19Jun 25, 199422Muhammad AskaiWinTKO2
      18May 25, 199422Julius FrancisWinKO4
      17Nov 27, 199321Carl WilliamsWinPTS
      16Nov 3, 199321Cordwell HyltonWinPTS
      15Aug 12, 199321Sergei KobozevLossSD
      14Jun 25, 199321Exum SpeightWinUD
      13Apr 30, 199321George ChambersWinKO1
      12Apr 16, 199321Mark SonnierWinTKO1
      11Apr 3, 199321Juan QuintanaWinPTS
      10Mar 20, 199321Lorenzo PooleWinKO1
      9Mar 5, 199321Derrick JonesWinTKO1
      8Feb 20, 199321Phil PrinceWinKO1
      7Jan 30, 199321Miguel RosaWinTKO2
      6Jan 16, 199321John Basil JacksonWinPTS
      5Dec 10, 199220Jesus RohenaWinTKO1
      4Nov 13, 199220John Basil JacksonWinPTS
      3Nov 3, 199220Barry KirtonWinTKO2
      2Sep 12, 199220Mike VasserWinKO1
      1Aug 20, 199220Kevin ParkerWinUD

      * World-title fight

      Boxing career

      John Ruiz (The Quietman) is a 52-year old retired American professional boxer. He was born in Chelsea, Massachusetts, U.S. on January 4, 1972. He is a former heavyweight world champion. His professional boxing career spanned more than 17 years — from 1992 to 2010.

      Ruiz made his professional boxing debut against Kevin Parker at the age of 20 on August 20, 1992, defeating Parker via 4 round unanimous decision. He went on to win 13 more consecutive fights after the debut, which included 9 wins via stoppage.

      He had his first world title fight at the age of 28 on August 12, 2000 after 39 professional fights, against Evander Holyfield for the WBA (vacant) title. He lost to Holyfield via 12 round unanimous decision.

      Ruiz has won one world title at heavyweight. For all the details about Ruiz' world title wins and defenses refer to the "Championships" section below.

      Ruiz had a total of nine losses in his professional boxing career.

      His last professional fight was on April 3, 2010 against British boxer David Haye for Haye's heavyweight WBA title. Ruiz lost the fight via 9th round TKO. It's been 14 years, 1 month, and 18 days since this fight.


      Ruiz had a total of 11 world-title fights, which includes winning one world title and four successful title defenses. He won four of these fights, lost five, and drew in one.

      Title Wins

      John Ruiz fought for a heavyweight world title in four fights and won once. He won one heavyweight belt.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles WonMethod
      Mar 3, 2001Evander HolyfieldHeavyweightWBAUD

      Title Defenses

      John Ruiz had six heavyweight world-title defense fights. He won four of them and lost two times.

      Following is the table of his successful title defense fights, the next section has the fights where he lost his titles.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles DefendedMethod
      Nov 13, 2004Andrew GolotaHeavyweightWBAUD
      Apr 17, 2004Fres OquendoHeavyweightWBATKO
      Jul 27, 2002Kirk JohnsonHeavyweightWBADQ
      Dec 15, 2001Evander HolyfieldHeavyweightWBASD (draw)

      Title Losses

      John Ruiz lost two world-title defense fights, and lost a total of two titles in these fights.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles LostMethod
      Dec 17, 2005Nikolai ValuevHeavyweightWBAMD
      Mar 1, 2003Roy Jones Jr.HeavyweightWBAUD


      Ruiz fought a total of 55 times during his professional career, which includes 11 world-title fights at the heavyweight division. These four fights are the highlight of his career.

      • August 12, 2000: In his first world-title fight, John Ruiz loses to Evander Holyfield via 12 round unanimous decision. He was fighting for the WBA (vacant) heavyweight title.

      • March 3, 2001: Ruiz wins the WBA heavyweight title from Evander Holyfield, by beating Holyfield via 12 round unanimous decision.

      • December 13, 2003: John Ruiz beats Hasim Rahman via 12th round unanimous decision.

      • November 13, 2004: Ruiz successfully defends the WBA heavyweight title against Andrew Golota, winning the fight via 12 round unanimous decision.


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