In another freak show-esque fight, 51-year-old 'Razor' Ruddock will be ending his 14 year retirement to make his boxing comeback. Clearly he's been watching the likes of Roy Jones and Mickey Rourke, getting green with envy. The most promising news is that Ruddock will be squaring off with Raymond Olubowale (10-6-1), who is 44 years old himself. What was it that prompted Ruddock to think this was a good idea, you say? Well he was sitting around with a few gentlemen older than himself when the inspiration hit him.
"We were on a beach; they were drinking beer and talking about stuff they had done. And I realized, is this what I have to look forward to? To waiting around to die?"
As hard as it is for my to type this without my hands shaking, Ruddock is saying that his plans are to win this fight, then beat a top-10 heavyweight, before taking out Wladimir Klitschko or Deontay Wilder. For myself, I can't say these plans are anything other than early onset dementia. But Razor himself believes that his hand speed and power are still there, along with a so-called improved dedication to the sport. His wife is backing his decision, offering the following thoughts:
"I am not worried about him taking punishment because I have seen how hard he's worked; I have seen the sparring," his wife said. "The ring is his home and anyone else who enters with him is just a visitor."
I can't say I think this is a good idea at all, for obvious reasons. Best case scenario is he gets tired after two rounds of fighting, sits down on the stool, and thinks better of continuing this 'comeback.'