August 29, 1998 |
Rafael Ruelas has retired. Not totally. Not enthusiastically. Not happily. But wisely. He has come to accept what others have whispered behind his back, that, at 27, he is a shot fighter. "I'm pretty much retired," Ruelas said. "I've fought for many years. Thank God, I'm at the point where financially, I don't have to fight. "If it was a good fight with a good opponent where there was something to gain for me, like a title, then I would fight again.
August 16, 1998 |
The boxing career of Rafael Ruelas, which included the International Boxing Federation lightweight title, may well have come to an end at the El Paso County Coliseum on Saturday night. No one who saw him get beaten and battered by Kostya Tszyu, who scored a ninth-round technical knockout, could make a case for the 27-year-old San Fernando Valley-based fighter continuing his ring career.
August 8, 1998 |
There is no air conditioning in the Coachella Boxing Club. On a day like last Tuesday, when the temperature climbed to 120 degrees, there is barely any air. Outside, the softball diamonds and surrounding park are empty. Who would be crazy enough to venture out in the heat of this day? Rafael Ruelas, for one. Yes, the same Ruelas whose boxing career was declared over three years ago, after he was hammered by Oscar De La Hoya in the second round of a highly hyped match that turned into a mismatch.
June 20, 1998 |
Rafael Ruelas of Sylmar scored a seventh-round knockout of Juan Baldwin in a junior-welterweight fight Friday night at Trump Marina in Atlantic City, N.J.
July 20, 1997 |
Rafael Ruelas got back to business by making short work of Mike Griffith on Saturday night at Fantasy Springs Casino. Ruelas, 26, the former International Boxing Federation lightweight champion from Sylmar, entered the ring for the first time in six months. He exited after two rounds and a technical-knockout victory.
January 24, 1997 |
Rafael Ruelas rocked the Reseda Country Club with his mere presence Thursday night. Then he rocked Javier Arce with left hooks and uppercuts. It seemed like old times for Ruelas, who recorded a second-round technical knockout before a crowd of about 800 in their scheduled 10-round super lightweight fight.