Feature | Premium | Jan 04 2020

The story of The Quiet Man, John Ruiz

Underappreciated in his time, former world heavyweight titlist and birthday boy John Ruiz reflects on his career
John Ruiz
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A TWO-TIME holder of the WBA heavyweight title, John Ruiz was one of the most unlikely champions. Today, years after his last fight, Ruiz is now the owner of the unlikeliest of boxing stories: a happy ending.

At 48, “The Quiet Man” owns his own gym in Medford, Massachusetts, he’s enjoying time with his wife Maribelle and the rest of his family, and while he’s still around his fighting weight at 230 pounds, he’s not thinking about a comeback.

“No, no,” he laughs. “I’ve got a gym that I’m running and that has been going for years. I get those little aches and pains here and there, but I’m trying to stay busy.”