News: John Ruiz; Lyell vs Rumbolz; Al Bernstein; More

LOS ANGELES, January 12 – As the first and only Hispanic Heavyweight World Champion paves his way through the boxing history books, John Ruiz, has joined forces with Golden Boy Promotions to help guide his path. The Puerto Rican descendant has accomplished a lot throughout his career, including appearances in 11 world title bouts in the last decade, but Ruiz has plenty more in store and believes 2010 will be his year.

“I’m excited to become a member of the Golden Boy Promotions family and know that I have a great future ahead of me,” said Ruiz. “I’m going to continue to make history and break records one fight at a time, starting with David Haye this spring. I know Golden Boy will help get me back to the top of the heavyweight division and to secure my place in the boxing history books..

“John Ruiz is a very skilled and talented heavyweight and we are very excited to add him to our elite stable of fighters,” said Oscar de la Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions. “He has proven time and time again that he has what it takes to battle with the top guys in the division and will continue to do so in 2010 and beyond.”

The Chelsea, Massachusetts native who now resides in Las Vegas, Nevada, John “The Quietman” Ruiz (44-8-1, 30 KO’s), has been the heavyweight division’s iron man in the last decade and is currently ranked number one by the World Boxing Association (WBA). Out of his last 15 fights, 11 of them have been world title fights with eight of those being against then-world champions Evander Holyfield, Roy Jones Jr., James Toney, Hasim Rahman and Nikolai Valuev and three others against world title challengers Andrew Golota, Kirk Johnson and Fres Oquendo. During this impressive stretch of fights, he made history by capturing the WBA Heavyweight World Title belt by defeating Evander Holyfield on March 3, 2001, becoming the first Hispanic fighter to win a Heavyweight World Title. As a world champion, Ruiz never backed down from a challenge, having faced mandatory contenders and top-rated fighters every time he defended his title. His penchant for squaring off against tough competition is also evidenced by his non-title fights of the decade with him having faced the likes of former World Champion Ruslan Chagaev and four-time world title challenger Jameel McCline. No one in the heavyweight division can compare to the record of success against top competition that the 17-year professional has racked up and he will continue his fearless trek into the history books with his 12th world title fight when he faces David “Hayemaker” Haye in the spring of 2010.

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Lyell to rumble with Rumbolz!

IBF#14 middleweight contender Billy Lyell (21-7) returns to the ring versus veteran Bruce Rumbolz (22-19) on Friday January 29 at the Waterfront Place Hotel in Morgantown, West Virginia. A winner of 5 of his last six, including an upset over previously unbeaten middleweight contender John Duddy (27-1), Lyell looks to stay sharp and busy against the upset-minded Rumboltz. To his credit, Rumboltz upset previously world ranked super middle Shawn Hammack (19-6) less than one year ago. Beginning at 8 pm, the card is being promoted by Simons' Promotions. In addition to the eight round Lyell/Rumbolz main event, the undercard will showcase several prospects from Ohio and Pennsylvania.


Hall of Fame boxing announcer Al Bernstein will again be on hand as host of the January 22nd Crown Boxing card at the Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

Bernstein will be available to meet and greet fans, sign autographs, and also be ringside to call the action for the card’s broadcast. The main event features cruiserweights Erick Vega and Henry Namauu.

“The cruiserweight division is one of the deepest in boxing, and the Crown boxing shows feature a number of excellent fighters in this division,” Al said, “These two young men are great examples. They should combine to make a very exciting fight, which is the hallmark of Crown cards.”

Bernstein, who is celebrating his 30th year as a broadcaster in 2010, said the Crown Boxing series “contributes mightily to Las Vegas being the boxing capitol of the world.”

Richard Cloutier Joins UBO

MONTREAL, January 14 – The Universal Boxing Organization is happy, and very proud, to announce the addition of a true boxing expert to its growing team. Quebec Boxing Council member Richard Cloutier is the new representative for Canada, and will be working with promoters, managers and commissions to bring competitive UBO title fights to “The Great White North”.

“It is a great stamp of approval for the UBO that someone as knowledgeable and respected as Mr. Cloutier has agreed to join us, and I have no doubt that Richard will be a major asset in the future”, says UBO president Joerg Herzog.

As part of his long an impressive resume, Cloutier is a member of the sanctioning committee of the Quebec Boxing Council, an International Boxing Hall Of Fame elector, a member of the Boxing Writer's Association of America, and publishing editor of (Canada). He is also author of the biography of former world super middleweight champion Eric Lucas, a book published in 2009.

Richard Cloutier: “I am happy to take on this challenge, and very eager to get started. I believe we will soon see many UBO title fights in Canada, and I am looking forward to working with everybody involved”.

The Universal Boxing Organization was founded in 2004, and currently has offices in Germany, USA, Tanzania and New Caledonia.

With title fights in places such as France, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Egypt, Finland, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, USA, Serbia, Vanuatu, Denmark, Poland and Georgia, the UBO has truly developed into a global sanctioning body.

We of course want to present the best boxers possible as our world champions, but we also feel great pride and satisfaction when seeing lesser-known boxers achieve their goal of winning a title, and when smaller promoters are able to arrange championship fights as a result of our cooperation.

Article posted on 13.01.2010

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