History | Mar 01 2019

On This Day: Roy Jones Jnr makes history against John Ruiz

Roy Jones Jnr became world heavyweight champion by beating Ruiz, writes Sean Ellis
roy jones vs John Ruiz
John Ruiz meets Roy Jones at heavyweight Action Images/Reuters/Steve Marcus

1. HAVING collected a haul of world titles at middleweight, super-middleweight and light-heavyweight, Roy Jones Jnr dared to go one further, as he took on WBA world heavyweight champion, John Ruiz in 2003.

2. A LOT had been made of the pre-fight antics demonstrated by Roy Jones, who was blamed for making no attempt to sell the fight. Jones had been guaranteed $10 million compared to Ruiz’s cut of pay-per-view sales. Ruiz claimed: “Roy hasn’t done his job. I guess he has his money and couldn’t care less about my end of it.”

Register now to keep reading

We're chuffed that you are enjoying our website. To continue reading and to help us to provide the best coverage and a great online experience please take a few moments to register. You'll be able to read more online content and get the latest news via the Daily Jabs newsletter.

For unlimited access to all our award-winning content including exclusive subscriber-only stories and a digital archive of editions back to January 2012 you will need to subscribe

Got an account? Sign in