2004-04-17 John Ruiz w rsc 11 Fres Oquendo, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WBA

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2004-04-17 John Ruiz w rsc 11 Fres Oquendo, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WBA. Referee: Wayne Kelly. Making his first defence after being appointed champion Ruiz (240) failed to impress, and although he was just about ahead at the time of the stoppage there was not much in it. Just when it looked as though Ruiz might get the job done in the ninth when he hurt his challenger with a cracking left hook to the body, Oquendo (222½) came back well in the tenth, picking up points with single jabs. Carrying on where he left off Oquendo threatened to take the last two sessions and the decision in the 11th, but after Ruiz had unleashed a sustained attack of blows to the head that were unanswered the referee stopped the fight on the 2.33 mark.