David Haye retained his WBA world heavyweight title stopping a brave John Ruiz, becoming only the second man to stop Ruiz in 55 fights.
In a packed MEN arena here in Manchester, Haye looked like the future of an exhausted heavyweight division. with a fast powerful, accurate display to blast out Ruiz in the 9th round in this his first defence of the title he won off Nikolay Valuev in November, and this victory is only his fourth fight in the heavyweight division, taking his professional record to 25-1.
Haye nearly had the fight over in the first round when he dropped Ruiz with a solid right hand, only 25 seconds into the fight, although Haye then hit Ruiz with a rabbit punch while he was on the floor, getting a point deducted. Ruiz had to take a second count, in a torrid opener for the challenger.
Ruiz being the tough man that he is, kept coming forward and took many of Hayes big shots, but Haye made him look all of his 38 years, and he visited the canvas 4 times during the fight.
The American challenger going for a third title here, kept coming forward though, sustaining a broken nose and sustained punishment in doing so, before his corner threw in the towel, saving him from taking any more.
Ruiz was put down twice more in the sixth round, and his corner sent him out for the 7th with the words “One more round John” ringing in his ears, the end was nigh for The Quiet Man.
It was only a matter of time now and a relaxed Haye, with his low swinging jab, peppered Ruiz, with it, dropping in the right hand when he pleased, Ruiz was lucky to get through the eighth round, but came out again following Haye around, until a chopping right hand and a peach of a left hook, forced a compassionate Miguel Diaz, Ruiz’ coach, to wave the white towel.
“I was over the moon, really happy with it – I felt I was really sharp,” Haye told BBC Radio 5 live
“There were a load of fans here. The crowd has been absolutely electric for me. There was a 20,000 capacity here with everyone screaming the ‘Hayemaker’.
“With performances like that I’ll keep the fans behind me. I loved the whole occasion.”
And on the Klitschko brothers, the other heavyweight holders, Haye was as dismissive of them as ever when he said; “If I hit them with the shots I hit Ruiz with, they are going over”
Haymaker claim to have already opened talks to take there heavyweight title on the road and beyond, with a possible defense in the in the Dubai desert, claiming Haye is the man to bring the heavyweight title back to the pinnacle of world boxing, on this showing there is no-one better around to do it than the British Boy.
George Groves became the new Commonwealth super-middleweight champion after only 17 months and eight fights as a professional, stopping the Ghanaian holder Charles Adamu midway through the sixth round. In doing so the 22 year-old Londoner beat his rival James DeGale, the Olympic Gold medallist, to a title, Groves defeated DeGale twice in the amateurs, this could set up a very interesting domestic tussle with DeGale, although both will more than likely be kept apart for a while to build the fight up, but George Groves, part of the Haymaker camp looks like a man in an hurry.
It was a bit of a gamble for Groves against a highly seasoned opponent but he kept his composure and picked his shots well, putting Adamu on the floor three times, once in the first and twice in the fourth round before referee Victor Louhran halted the fight.
“I was totally comfortable,” said Groves, who now wants to fight British champion Paul Smith, and ultimately DeGale. “I knew I could hurt him and I was hoping for a knock-out. But I wanted to be as clinical as possible.”
Colin Lynes looking to win the Commonwealth light-welterweight title, was beaten convincingly by the impressive London-based Nigerian Ajose Olusegun, the fight was over when Lynes was counted out after dropping to one knee in the corner in the eighth round. At the end of the seventh the 32-year-old seemed to be struggling and breathing heavy as he sat on the stool in his own corner after a series of body blows from Olusegun.Lynnes said after the fight that he just had nothing there.
Jamie Moore fighting in his home town since his defeat to Ryan Rhodes lost his first fight in the middleweight division to Sergey Khomitski. Moore who was having his first fight at the higher weight, having had a successful career as a light middlleweight, failed to come out for the seventh round on the advice from his respected trainer and friend Oliver Harrison. It was sad to see this true warrior of the ring have to bow out of the fight like this. The Salford man’s love of a tear up and the epic battles in his career, just seemed to have caught up with him tonight.
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