March 9, 2005 |
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.
March 1, 2003 |
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.
February 28, 2003 |
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.
February 27, 2003 |
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.
July 28, 2002 |
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.
October 4, 2001 |
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.