John Ruiz says he's the No. 1 heavyweight

LAS VEGAS (February 15, 2005) Ė Two-time World Boxing Association heavyweight champion John ďThe QuietmanĒ Ruiz believes he is the most dominant heavyweight in the world today and challenges any of the other major world champions to put their belts on the line against him. ďI am the top guy in the heavyweight division,Ē Ruiz said..

ďI must be because Iím the only heavyweight the other champions donít want to fight. They may say they want to fight me, but they donít really mean it. Iím the only one calling for a heavyweight tournament because I want to be the undisputed champ. Donít embarrass me with fighters who havenít done anything. I want title belts.

ďThe toe-tag opponents Iíve been thrown have done nothing for my career. I want the toughest fighters out there, guys whoíve won titles and want to fight the best Ė me! If boxing was like a marathon, weíd be at the halfway point and Iíd have a five-mile lead on everybody else. Iím leading the field and nobody can catch me. Iím tired of hearing all the negative stuff said and written about me. If Iím that bad why canít they beat me? It doesnít make any sense. If theyíre the best, it should be easy, just fight me.Ē

Ruiz (41-5-1, 28 KOs), the first and only world heavyweight champion of Latino heritage, has beaten tougher opposition, fought more world title rounds, and been a world champion longer than any of the other reigning world heavyweight champions.

ďThe QuietmanĒ has defeated three former world champions Ė Evander Holyfield, Hasim Rahman and Tony Tucker Ė and top 10 contenders such as Andrew Golota, Fres Oquendo and Kirk Johnson. Ruiz has fought 93 world title rounds and has worn the WBA crown three years, seven months in his two stints as champion.

ďI look forward to fulfilling my mandatory obligation to the WBA, against James Toney or anybody else the WBA mandates, but itís not going to advance my career,Ē Ruiz continued. ďI want to become the undisputed champion and they donít have a belt. Truthfully, it will be a fight for money, not anything that gets me closer to being the undisputed champ.Ē

Ruiz (5-2-1) has more world title fight victories than 34 other past and present world heavyweight champions. He has more world title fight wins (WBA, WBC & IBF) than any other contemporary heavyweights, past and present, such as Chris Byd (3-1), Vitali Klitschko (3-1) and Hasim Rahman (1-2).

ďThe other champions have fights scheduled because itís easier getting fights for guys who havenít looked good in their last few fights. HBO has the power and they want Klitschko to be the undisputed champion. Why wonít he fight me? Because he knows he canít beat me. The public wants one heavyweight champion. I want one heavyweight champion. Everybody in boxing knows we need one heavyweight champion. Letís do it. Iím the best heavyweight in the world and I want to prove it. The other heavyweight champs donít want a heavyweight tournament because they know Iím going to win it. I want to be the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. I should be the undisputed champion because Iíve beaten all of the top heavyweights other than the three other champions who donít want to fight me.Ē

Article posted on 15.02.2005

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