2001-03-03 John Ruiz w pts 12 Evander Holyfield, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBA
2001-03-03 John Ruiz w pts 12 Evander Holyfield, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBA. Referee: Joe Cortez. Scorecards: 116-110, 115-111, 114-111. Ruiz made a better start than the champion, scoring well with the jab, and he appeared to be clear at the end of the fifth despite having a bad cut over the left eye that was caused by an accidental butt in the fourth. With Holyfield not yet out of it, by the end of the ninth he had begun to close the gap. The fight effectively ended for Holyfield in the tenth when he had a point deducted for going low, which allowed Ruiz to take time out. Refreshed, Ruiz came on strong in the 11th, a left-right putting Holyfield down for ‘five’, and although the champion, now cut on the left eye, somehow lasted the round out and made it to the final bell the victory would not be his.