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John Ruiz Stuns Evander Holyfield to Capture WBA Heavyweight Title & Becomes First Latino Heavyweight Champion of the World
Tim Austin Keeps IBF Belt With 6th Round TKO Win Over Jesus Perez, Manuel Gomez & Christy Martin Also Victorious On Set Pay Per View Fight Card From Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS--(BW SportsWire)--March 3, 2001-- The Delayed Broadcast Of The Holyfield-Ruiz Fight Will Be Shown

Saturday, March 10 at 10 PM ET/PT &

Monday, March 12 at 11 PM ET/PT on SHOWTIME

Boxing`s version of Rocky, John Ruiz, showed the world he`s the ``real deal`` as he stunned four-time heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield by capturing the World Boxing Association (WBA) Heavyweight Championship with a unanimous decision in the main event Saturday on SET (SHOWTIME EVENT TELEVISION) Pay Per View. Ruiz became the first Latino heavyweight champion of the world. In other bouts on the four fight pay per view telecast, undefeated Tim Austin retained his International Boxing Federation (IBF) title as he scored a sixth round TKO over No. 1 contender Jesus Perez, Miguel ``Rana`` Gomez surprised former World Boxing Council (WBC) lightweight champion Miguel Angel Gonzalez in winning a split decision and Christy Martin won a unanimous 10-round decision over Jeanne ``Boom Boom`` Martinez. The fight card billed as ``The Last Word`` was promoted by Don King Productions. The fight card aired at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT from The Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino.

The Holyfield-Ruiz WBA heavyweight championship fight will be replayed on SHOWTIME on Saturday, March 10 at 10 PM ET/PT and Monday, March 12 at 11 PM ET/PT.

Ruiz (37-4, 27 KOs) of Chelsea, Massachusetts, proved to the world that he was for real as he withstood a swollen left eye and a cut to his forehead early in the fight and a low blow in the 10th round and knocked down Holyfield twice in the 11th round. Judge Stanley Christodoulou of Johannesburg, South Africa saw the fight at 116-110; Patricia Jarman-Manning of Las Vegas, NV scored it 114-111 and Chuck Giampa of Las Vegas, NV had the fight 115-111, all in favor of Ruiz.

Holyfield (37-5-1, 25 KOs), of Atlanta, Georgia, had Ruiz in trouble early with an accidental head butt to his left eye. Holyfield and Ruiz kept exchanging shots throughout the evening, but the former champ was stunned in the 11th round and was lucky to survive the round. Holyfield won a close, unanimous decision on August 12, 2000 over Ruiz by scores of 116-112 and 114-113 twice to become the only heavyweight in history to win a world title on four separate occasions.

Austin (22-0-1, 20 KOs) of Cincinnati, Ohio, retained his title a sixth time. ``The Cincinnati Kid`` took his time as he knocked Perez (20-1-2, 11 KOs) of Cartagena, Columbia down four times in the fight, the last time coming at 2:02 of the sixth round as referee Kenny Bayless stopped the bout. Austin, who captured the IBF 118-pound title in July 1997, sent Perez to the canvas with a straight left in the third round and fifth round and then two more times in the sixth round. Perez was making his United States debut and first start outside his native country.

Gomez (18-10, 15 KOs) of Laredo, Texas, who once went 11 rounds with then-IBF lightweight champion Shane Mosley, showed his toughness as he surprised the former WBC Lightweight Champion Gonzalez (44-3-1, 34 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico in taking a split decision. Gomez earned the victory on judge Duane Ford`s card at 97-92 and Jerry Roth at 95-94. Judge Dick Houck of Las Vegas, NV had Gonzalez on top at 95-94.

Martin (42-2-2, 31 KOs) of Orlando, Florida, won for the 21st time in 22 outings. ``The Coal-Miners Daughter`` wasn`t pleased with her performance in going the distance and winning a unanimous decision. All three judges, hailing from Las Vegas, NV, had Martin on top--Dave Moretti saw it 99-91, C.J. Ross had it 97-93 and Jerry Roth made it unanimous at 98-92. Martinez (13-5-2, 4 KOs) of Slidell, Louisiana, was making her first start in nine months and traveled 10 rounds for the second time in her career.

SHOWTIME EVENT TELEVISION`s Steve Albert and former world champion Bobby Czyz called the action from ringside, with Jim Gray serving as roving reporter. The executive producer of the SET telecast was Jay Larkin, with David Dinkins Jr. producing and Bob Dunphy directing.

Las Vegas (dpa) - Schwergewichtler John Ruiz ist neuer Weltmeister der World Boxing Association. Der 29 Jahre alte Profi entthronte in der Nacht in Las Vegas seinen neun Jahre älteren amerikanischen Landsmann und Titelverteidiger Evander Holyfield nach einem harten Kampf über zwölf Runden. Ruiz revanchierte sich damit für die umstrittene Punktniederlage vom vorigen August und kassierte eine Börse von einer Million Dollar.

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