HUGO Ruiz ’s promoter, Sampson Lewkowicz, insists that his fighter should get another opportunity to compete for his old WBC World Super bantamweight belt when he returns to the ring in 2017.
In his first defense of the title, against Japanese veteran Hozumi Hasegawa (36-5, 16 KOs), Ruiz suffered a serious nose fracture that affected his breathing and eventually forced the Mexican champion to retire from the match.
“The reason why Ruiz (36-4, 32 KOs) couldn’t continue is because he couldn’t breathe any longer,” said Lewkowicz. “The corner made the decision to stop the fight. However, it was produced by the first head-butt in the first round.”