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Rafael Ruelas Record

Total Fights57
Title Wins2
Title Defenses2
Title-Fight KOs3
KO Wins41
KO Losses3
Rafael Ruelas Record & Stats
Rafael Ruelas' Record
Rafael Ruelas' boxing record and career infographic

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      What is Rafael Ruelas' boxing record?

      In a professional boxing career spanning 10 years and six months, Rafael Ruelas fought 57 times with 53 wins and 4 losses.

      Ruelas retired from professional boxing with a record of 53-4, which included two world-title wins and two successful title defense fights at the lightweight weight division. He had a 71.9% knockouts-to-fights ratio with 41 of his total 57 fights being knockout wins, three of which were in title fights. Ruelas suffered three knockout losses in his career, one of which was against Oscar De La Hoya in a lightweight title fight.

      His last fight was a 10-round split decision victory over Hicklet Lau on August 8, 1999.

      Some of Ruelas' best fights and notable victories include wins over Mike Evgen, Jorge Páez, Tomas Valdez, Billy Schwer, Steve Cruz, Conrado Lopez, and Manuel Hernandez.

      57Aug 8, 199928Hicklet LauWinSD
      56Aug 15, 199827Kostya TszyuLossTKO9
      55Jun 19, 199827Juan BaldwinWinRTD5
      54Mar 21, 199826Tim ScottWinTKO2
      53Nov 14, 199726Rodney WilsonWinTKO7
      52Jul 19, 199726Mike GriffithWinTKO2
      51Jan 23, 199725Jesus ArceWinTKO2
      50Dec 3, 199625Jaime BalboaWinKO5
      49Aug 23, 199625Livingstone BrambleWinUD
      48Jul 10, 199625Mike WalshWinKO2
      47Apr 30, 199625Tomas BarrientesWinKO2
      46Oct 7, 199524George ScottLossUD
      45May 6, 199524Oscar De La HoyaLoss *TKO2
      44Jan 28, 199523Billy SchwerWin *RTD8
      43Dec 8, 199423Omar PachecoWinKO3
      42May 27, 199423Mike EvgenWin *TKO3
      41Feb 19, 199422Freddie PendletonWin *UD
      40Oct 22, 199322Manuel HernandezWinKO1
      39Aug 19, 199322Conrado LopezWinKO1
      38Jul 17, 199322Darryl TysonWinUD
      37Feb 23, 199321Robert RiveraWinTKO3
      36Jan 19, 199321Roberto BurgosWinKO1
      35Nov 6, 199221Jorge PáezWinRTD10
      34Aug 25, 199221Benny DominguezWinKO1
      33Jul 7, 199221Mauro GutierrezWinUD
      32May 26, 199221Francisco OrtizWinTKO2
      31Apr 3, 199220Francisco LopezWinTKO1
      30Jan 30, 199220Rocky LockridgeWinUD
      29Nov 26, 199120Juan De La PazWinTKO2
      28Jul 31, 199120Mauro GutierrezLossKO2
      27Jun 25, 199120Narciso Valenzuela RomoWinUD
      26May 17, 199120Fernando Soldadito TeranWinKO1
      25Mar 31, 199119Steve CruzWinKO3
      24Feb 26, 199119Vicente GonzalezWinUD
      23Jan 14, 199119Tomas ValdezWin *TKO3
      22Nov 27, 199019Richard AbilaWinKO7
      21Sep 22, 199019Felipe de JesusWinTKO7
      20Aug 17, 199019Job WaltersWinTKO9
      19Jul 31, 199019Rosendo AlonsoWinTKO1
      18Jun 18, 199019Abe GomezWinUD
      17May 29, 199019Vicente GonzalezWinRTD5
      16Apr 14, 199018Arturo HernandezWinTKO1
      15Mar 8, 199018Antonio SanchezWinKO2
      14Feb 27, 199018Roberto RiosWinTKO2
      13Feb 5, 199018Simon ContrerasWinKO5
      12Nov 28, 198918Ricardo FloresWinKO1
      11Oct 24, 198918Margarito RuizWinDQ
      10Sep 26, 198918Jose Luis VazquezWinKO1
      9Aug 29, 198918Joey QuinlanWinKO1
      8Jul 14, 198918Ben GomezWinKO3
      7Jun 27, 198918Chilo GuzmanWinKO3
      6Jun 16, 198918Benito RodriguezWinKO3
      5May 30, 198918Javier LaraWinKO3
      4Apr 25, 198917Margarito ArreolaWinMD
      3Mar 28, 198917Leopoldo MayaWinTKO1
      2Feb 14, 198917Robert RayfordWinTKO3
      1Jan 17, 198917Marcos CovarrubiasWinUD

      * World-title fight

      Boxing career

      Rafael Ruelas is a 53-year old retired Mexican professional boxer. He was born in Yerbabuena, Jalisco, Mexico on April 26, 1971. He is a former two-weight-class world champion. His professional boxing career spanned more than 10 years — from 1989 to 1999.

      Ruelas made his professional boxing debut against Marcos Covarrubias at the age of 17 on January 17, 1989, defeating Covarrubias via 4 round unanimous decision. He went on to win 26 more consecutive fights after the debut, which included 21 wins via stoppage.

      He had his first world title fight at the age of 19 on January 14, 1991 after 22 professional fights, against Tomas Valdez for the featherweight IBF (vacant) title. He defeated Valdez via 3rd round TKO to become the featherweight champion of the world.

      Ruelas has won two world titles at two weight classes. For all the details about Ruelas' world title wins and defenses refer to the "Championships" section below.

      Ruelas had a total of four losses in his professional boxing career.

      His last professional fight was a non-title bout against Hicklet Lau on August 8, 1999. Ruelas won the fight via 10 round split decision. It's been 24 years, 10 months, and 8 days since this fight.


      Ruelas had a total of five world-title fights, which includes winning two world titles and two successful title defenses. He won four of these fights and lost one.

      Title Wins

      Rafael Ruelas fought for world titles in three fights and won two of these fights, winning one of them via way of stoppage. In total, he won two belts across two weight classes.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles WonMethod
      Feb 19, 1994Freddie PendletonLightweightIBFUD
      Jan 14, 1991Tomas ValdezFeatherweightIBF*TKO
      * Vacant title

      Title Defenses

      Rafael Ruelas had three lightweight world-title defense fights. He won two of them and lost once.

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

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles DefendedMethod
      Jan 28, 1995Billy SchwerLightweightIBFRTD
      May 27, 1994Mike EvgenLightweightIBFTKO

      Title Losses

      Rafael Ruelas lost one world-title defense fight, and lost one title in the fight.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles LostMethod
      May 6, 1995Oscar De La HoyaLightweightIBFTKO


      Ruelas fought a total of 57 times during his professional career, which includes 5 world-title fights at two weight divisions. These five fights are the highlight of his career.

      • January 14, 1991: Ruelas wins his first world title by defeating Tomas Valdez via 3rd round TKO. He is now the IBF featherweight world champion.

      • March 31, 1991: Rafael Ruelas beats Steve Cruz via 3rd round KO.

      • January 30, 1992: Rafael Ruelas beats Rocky Lockridge via 10th round unanimous decision.

      • November 6, 1992: Rafael Ruelas beats Jorge Páez via 10th round RTD.

      • May 27, 1994: Ruelas successfully defends the IBF lightweight title against Mike Evgen, winning the fight via 3rd round TKO.


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