From The Daily Star: John Ruiz on David Haye "He’s quicker than anyone I’ve ever fought. He came prepared. He knew what he was doing and I’ve got to give him credit. He’s a credit to British boxing and a worthy champion." Ruiz on his future: "I’ve been in this game a little too long. Sometimes you realize that you need to move on with your life. Maybe this is the time. That’s something I have to talk to the family about." (Photo by Michael Steele / Getty Images)
David Haye weighs in at 222, while John Ruiz weighs in at 231. This is Haye's heaviest weight by five pounds, while Ruiz is in the middle of the same range he's fought at the entire past decade. Photo from Sky Sports.
"He's been around for years, nothing got under his skin or rattled him, it all bounced off him. I've looked into his eyes today for the first time and he was cool, calm and collected. I didn't faze him at all. He wasn't flustered, he wasn't nervous." --David Haye, admitting his trash talk didn't bother John Ruiz at all (AP Story @ USA Today)
Press release about John Ruiz: "After knocking out Adnan Serin in Germany (Nov. 7), 2-time World Boxing Association heavyweight champion John "The Quietman" Ruiz returned home to Las Vegas, where he's shown in this photo celebrating in his game room smoking one of his favorite cigars, Padron Serie 1926 80th Anniversary. Ruiz, the first and only world heavyweight champion of Latino heritage, has a mandated WBA title fight against new champ David Haye next year. It will mark Ruiz' 12th world title fight." I know a lot about John Ruiz thanks to his frequent press releases. Truthfully, I've come to like him, because I get so many glimpses into his life and he seems like such a nice dude. Maybe you also like cigars, and have some sort of comment on his cigar choice here. I don't know. But now you know.
Nikolai Valuev celebrates his unanimous decision win over John Ruiz yesterday in Berlin to capture the vacant WBA heavyweight title. Scores were 114-113, 116-113, and 116-111. (AFP/DDP/Michael Gottschalk)