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
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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.”

3. 15,300 fans packed in to the Thomas & Mack Center, in Las Vegas, to see Jones attempt to make history as the first former middleweight champion since Bob Fitzsimmons – in 1897 – to clinch a heavyweight crown.