John Ruiz Quotes

haye vs ruizRegarding Hayes win vs. Nicolai Valuev: I was surprised he (David Haye) got a decision in Germany. Luck was on his side. In congratulate him. He did what he had to do and got the win.

On Hayes popularity in the US: Its still in the beginning. His name is spreading around. He needs to face somebody whos been in the heavyweight division and thats me. He still isnt well known in the United States.

On comparing Haye to Evander Holyfield: Holyfields a legend. I cant compare them today. Every fight is difficult because everybody comes to win. Thats what makes boxing special.

On changes since hes been had Miguel Diaz as his head trainer and criticisms: Were still here and hopefully this time around well get a win. Youre seeing more of the Ruiz from the past boxing and punching, not holding. How many guys can say theyve fought and won the two world heavyweight championships..

On winning the third world title with a victory against Haye and being mentioned with Muhammad Ali and Evander Holyfield. It is going to work this time. No matter what they say, they cant take it away from me.

On Hayes talking: He can talk all he wants but he knows hes in a tough fight.

On an American winning the world heavyweight title: I was born in the United States and my family is Puerto Rican. Im a Puerto Rican-American. Ive accomplished a lot during my career. I am the first Hispanic World Heavyweight Champion, but Im an American and Im bringing the belt back home.

On watching tapes of Haye: I dont focus on the other fighter, I focus on myself. Hes going to prepare himself and use the style he believes will win the fight.

On his experience: Experience plays an important part but so does youth. Well see what comes out on top. I have a new team -- trainers Miguel Diaz and Richie Sandoval, and a new promoter, Golden Boy -- but there are still some people whove been part of the team for a long time. Im at peace, blessed with my family, and Ive never been in tune with boxing like this during my career.

On fighting in England: Ive fought here six times (6-0). These fans put favoritism behind them and root for a good fight. Ive fought everybody in the world, never avoiding anybody, and Im very proud of that.

Ive traveled the world and boxing has been a savior for me.

Article posted on 31.03.2010

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