Shhh… Keep it quiet but John Ruiz wasn’t a big fan of boxing when calling it his job and has even less interest in it now he is almost 10 years retired and spends his time working in Florida’s Sheriff’s Department.
True to his ‘Quiet Man’ nickname, Ruiz discusses boxing only when pressed to do so and refuses to bring up the fact he was the former WBA heavyweight champion of the world unless he is recognised by someone aware of that kind of thing. If a big fight is happening, it is usually off his radar, and when friends try cajoling him to watch one, he is usually busy.
“I grew up with the sport,” he told Boxing News. “It was nonstop. I would eat, sleep and drink boxing. My stepfather was brutal with that even if all I wanted to do was watch cartoons.