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Friday, October 10, 2003

Ruiz's Return

John Ruiz is finally putting his messy divorce behind him and preparing to get back in the boxing ring. He'll face Hasim Rahman on December 13 in Atlantic City. The fight is part of a card that will also include Bernard Hopkins and Ricardo Mayorga, and it will air on HBO pay-per-view.

Seeing Ruiz get destroyed by Roy Jones in March was disheartening to a lot of locals who have followed the rise of John Ruiz to prominence as a heavyweight. We now know much more about how much his marriage troubles were weighing on him at the time and how bad a mental state he was in for the challenge of facing Jones. Now he takes on the journeyman Rahman, who briefly held a belt before being avenged by Lennox Lewis, and the winner may well get a shot at Jones after that.

I don't think John Ruiz will ever beat Roy Jones, even if he's in the right state of mind and well prepared. However, I hope Ruiz gets another shot at Jones so that he can at least give himself the chance to go out by showing the toughness and grit he's demonstrated throughout his career. Ruiz has meant a lot to the people in this area and we'd like to see a more dignified exit.