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Jones Dominates Ruiz

March 1, 2003

Las Vegas, NV ( - Roy Jones Jr. (48-1, 38 KO) totally dominated John Ruiz (38-5-1, 27 KO) Saturday night to capture the WBA Heavyweight title at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, NV via a unanimous decision.

Jones used his superior speed and second-to-none boxing skills to run circles around Ruiz, who was unable to get many punches off as Jones was always beating him to the punch.

Jones threw jab after jab to keep Ruiz on his heels and unable to charge forward. When Ruiz did get close to Jones, Jones just clinched, covered up or spun out of harms way.

Jones took control from the opening round and never relented. Ruiz was bleeding by the 4th round and really got smacked by a Jones right hand at the end of that round and that sent a message to Ruiz that Jones could carry his power all the way up to Heavyweight.

Ruiz was just never able to get Jones on the ropes for more than a punch or two and the fight took place almost entirely in the middle of the ring.

At the end of the fight, Jones’ face was unblemished while Ruiz’s face was swollen and bloody.

The final scorecards read 116-112, 117-111 and 118-110, all for Jones. had it 118-110 for Jones.

The punch stats were also in favor of Jones. Jones landed 134 of 424 punches, while Ruiz landed only 89 of 433 punches.

Jones now has won world titles in four different divisions and becomes the first many in over a century to go from a Middleweight champ to Heavyweight champ.

On the Undercard:

In a featured Heavyweight attraction, Fres Oquendo (24-1, 15 KO) stopped journeyman Maurice Harris (19-13-2, 10 KO) with a thunderous left hook at 2:12 of the 10th round. Oquendo jumped out to a quick start winning the first four rounds and even scoring a knockdown of Harris in the 4th round with an overhand right. But then Oquendo began to tire and Harris took over, winning the next 5 rounds to even up the fight. But then in the 10th round Oquendo caught Harris with a flush left hook that knoked him out. Referee Joe Cortez started counting, but when he got to 5, he could tell Harris had no chance of getting up and stopped the fight. had the fight 85-85 at the time of the stoppage.

----- In a very entertaining, action-packed fight, IBF Junior Middleweight champion Ronald “Winky” Wright (45-3, 25 KO) defended his title by outclassing a game #1 contender J.C. Candelo (25-5-3, 17 KO) winning an easy unanimous decision. The southpaw Wright used his crisp right jab and slick defensive skills to beat Candelo, who came ready to fight and even threw more punches than Wright, but landed over a hundred punches less. Wright landed 283 of 907 punches at a 31 percent clip, while Candelo landed only 175 of 1,108 punches at a 16 percent clip. The judges’ scorecards were just as lopsided as the punch stats with the official scores being 117-111, 118-110 and 117-111 all for Wright. had the fight 117-111 for Wright.


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