15 Years Ago Today Roy Jones Jr vs John Ruiz – Late in 2002, Roy Jones Jr., who at the time was the undisputed light heavyweight champion and had previously held world titles in both the middleweight and super middleweight divisions, announced that he had agreed to move up to the heavyweight division to challenge WBA heavyweight champion John Ruiz for his title.
Jones dominated most of the fight. Jones used his superior boxing skills and hand speed to his advantage and used timely jabs and uppercuts against Ruiz, who was unable to land a sustained amount of offense, The fight went the full 12 rounds with neither man being able to score a knockdown. The official judge’s scorecards were in Jones’ favor and he secured a unanimous decision victory with scores of 118–110, 117–111 and 116–112. Jones victory made him only the second light-heavyweight boxer in history to move up and win a major heavyweight title in his first fight in the heavyweight division (Michael Spinks being the first to do so in 1985).
Our “killer Analyst” Frank Lotierzo gives his take on this historic fight.
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