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April 30, 2005 | Steve Springer, Times Staff Writer
Take James Toney, who tells anybody who will listen -- and even those who won't -- that he's the best fighter in the world. Add trainer Norm Stone, who loves to get in Toney's face and explain to him in menacing detail what will happen to Toney tonight when he steps into the ring at Madison Square Garden to challenge Stone's fighter, World Boxing Assn. heavyweight champion John Ruiz.
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May 1, 2005 | Steve Springer, Times Staff Writer
James Toney stood in the ring at Madison Square Garden and had his hand raised in triumph at the end of a heavyweight title fight. But it was only a movie. It was the Los Angeles Sports Arena doubling as the Garden. Toney was portraying Joe Frazier in the movie "Ali." The man he beat was actor Will Smith playing Muhammad Ali. When Toney subsequently vowed to turn reel life into real life, to actually win the heavyweight championship, the doubters chuckled.
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February 27, 2001 | MIKE TERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Getting a rematch with Evander Holyfield usually is not in a boxer's best interest. The four-time world heavyweight champion, and current World Boxing Assn. titleholder, has had 42 professional fights since his career began in 1984. He has fought six boxers at least twice, and one opponent, Riddick Bowe, battled Holyfield three times. Only one boxer, current World Boxing Council and International Boxing Federation champion Lennox Lewis, ever defeated Holyfield the second time.
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April 30, 2005 | Steve Springer, Times Staff Writer
Take James Toney, who tells anybody who will listen -- and even those who won't -- that he's the best fighter in the world. Add trainer Norm Stone, who loves to get in Toney's face and explain to him in menacing detail what will happen to Toney tonight when he steps into the ring at Madison Square Garden to challenge Stone's fighter, World Boxing Assn. heavyweight champion John Ruiz.
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March 9, 2005 | Steve Springer, Times Staff Writer
John Ruiz has agreed to defend his World Boxing Assn. heavyweight title against James Toney, according to Dan Goossen, Toney's promoter. Staples Center is a possible site for the fight, to be held in May or June. "The belts don't make me, I make the belts," said the 36-year-old Toney, an L.A. resident who has won championship belts from major sanctioning bodies in three other weight classes.
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February 28, 2003 | Steve Springer, Times Staff Writer
It was to be the most intriguing weigh-in in the heavyweight division in 18 years. How far up on the scale had light-heavyweight champion Roy Jones come in his bid to defeat World Boxing Assn. heavyweight champion John Ruiz on Saturday night at Thomas & Mack Center? The answer got buried Thursday under a pile of bodies at the center of the Palace Ballroom at Caesars Palace.
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May 1, 2005 | Steve Springer, Times Staff Writer
James Toney stood in the ring at Madison Square Garden and had his hand raised in triumph at the end of a heavyweight title fight. But it was only a movie. It was the Los Angeles Sports Arena doubling as the Garden. Toney was portraying Joe Frazier in the movie "Ali." The man he beat was actor Will Smith playing Muhammad Ali. When Toney subsequently vowed to turn reel life into real life, to actually win the heavyweight championship, the doubters chuckled.
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March 1, 2003 | Steve Springer, Times Staff Writer
What has been heralded as a glorious night for boxing has been preceded by one ugly day after another. What was supposed to stir memories of the sport's giants has stirred only apathy and disgust by a boxing public already seemingly headed for the exits.
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October 4, 2001 | From Staff and Wire Reports
John Ruiz will defend the World Boxing Assn. heavyweight title against Evander Holyfield in the United States instead of China. Promoter Don King said Wednesday he received a letter from HBO stating it was concerned about sending 100 people to China in the wake of a travel warning by the State Department after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. King said the fight, to be televised by HBO, will be Nov. 24 or Dec. 15, at a site to be determined.
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March 3, 2001 | STEVE SPRINGER
Is this really necessary? Are there really people out there clamoring for Evander Holyfield-John Ruiz II, tonight's rematch at the Mandalay Bay Events Center? Wasn't Holyfield-Ruiz I bad enough? The 38-year-old Holyfield is clamoring for this fight because he wants to continue a career that should clearly be at an end by cashing one last big paycheck for a third match against Mike Tyson.
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March 9, 2005 | Steve Springer, Times Staff Writer
John Ruiz has agreed to defend his World Boxing Assn. heavyweight title against James Toney, according to Dan Goossen, Toney's promoter. Staples Center is a possible site for the fight, to be held in May or June. "The belts don't make me, I make the belts," said the 36-year-old Toney, an L.A. resident who has won championship belts from major sanctioning bodies in three other weight classes.
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March 1, 2003 | Steve Springer, Times Staff Writer
What has been heralded as a glorious night for boxing has been preceded by one ugly day after another. What was supposed to stir memories of the sport's giants has stirred only apathy and disgust by a boxing public already seemingly headed for the exits.
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February 28, 2003 | Steve Springer, Times Staff Writer
It was to be the most intriguing weigh-in in the heavyweight division in 18 years. How far up on the scale had light-heavyweight champion Roy Jones come in his bid to defeat World Boxing Assn. heavyweight champion John Ruiz on Saturday night at Thomas & Mack Center? The answer got buried Thursday under a pile of bodies at the center of the Palace Ballroom at Caesars Palace.
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February 27, 2003 | Steve Springer, Times Staff Writer
Bob Foster hunched over in the locker room and began to put on his shoes. "Where are you going?" asked his trainer, Billy Edwards. "I'm going out there to fight," Foster said. "Son," replied Edwards, "the fight's over." And so what had begun as a dream ended in a punch-induced fog. Light-heavyweight champion Bob Foster's dream of beating Muhammad Ali to win a heavyweight title ended in a knockout loss in the eighth round of their 1972 fight in Stateline, Nev. Others have had that dream.
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July 28, 2002 | From Wire Reports
World Boxing Assn. heavyweight champion John Ruiz, floored in three earlier rounds by low blows, was declared the winner in his title defense against Kirk Johnson on Saturday night in the Mandalay Bay Events Center at Las Vegas when the challenger threw yet another punch below the belt in the 10th round. Referee Joe Cortez, who had penalized Johnson one point on two occasions, halted it by disqualifying Johnson at 2:17 of the 10th.
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October 4, 2001 | From Staff and Wire Reports
John Ruiz will defend the World Boxing Assn. heavyweight title against Evander Holyfield in the United States instead of China. Promoter Don King said Wednesday he received a letter from HBO stating it was concerned about sending 100 people to China in the wake of a travel warning by the State Department after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. King said the fight, to be televised by HBO, will be Nov. 24 or Dec. 15, at a site to be determined.
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March 10, 2001 | STEVE SPRINGER
Dear Evander: I know you don't want to hear this. I know you won't pay any attention, but . . . Give it up. It's over. You've had a great career. Now, you've got nothing to gain and brain cells to lose. Tex Cobb, who made a career of being a tomato can in the ring, once was asked how long he was going to continue to fight. "As long as they have the money," Cobb said, "I've got the brain cells." Funny line. Sad line. And for you, Evander Holyfield, at this point, a very apt line.
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July 28, 2002 | From Wire Reports
World Boxing Assn. heavyweight champion John Ruiz, floored in three earlier rounds by low blows, was declared the winner in his title defense against Kirk Johnson on Saturday night in the Mandalay Bay Events Center at Las Vegas when the challenger threw yet another punch below the belt in the 10th round. Referee Joe Cortez, who had penalized Johnson one point on two occasions, halted it by disqualifying Johnson at 2:17 of the 10th.
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March 10, 2001 | STEVE SPRINGER
Dear Evander: I know you don't want to hear this. I know you won't pay any attention, but . . . Give it up. It's over. You've had a great career. Now, you've got nothing to gain and brain cells to lose. Tex Cobb, who made a career of being a tomato can in the ring, once was asked how long he was going to continue to fight. "As long as they have the money," Cobb said, "I've got the brain cells." Funny line. Sad line. And for you, Evander Holyfield, at this point, a very apt line.
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March 4, 2001 | STEVE SPRINGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Evander Holyfield was the last to know. The fighter always is. On Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, Holyfield learned what much of the rest of the boxing world has already known: At age 38, he is a shot fighter. The message was delivered by John Ruiz, who won a unanimous decision in front of a crowd of 8,333 to capture the World Boxing Assn. heavyweight crown. Ruiz, a Puerto Rican, thus becomes the first Latino heavyweight champion.
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