2001-12-15 John Ruiz drew 12 Evander Holyfield, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Connecticut, USA - WBA

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2001-12-15 John Ruiz drew 12 Evander Holyfield, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Connecticut, USA - WBA. Referee: Steve Smoger. Scorecards: 115-113, 112-116, 114-114. This was the third meeting between the pair and because they knew each other so well it rarely hit the heights. Still, it was the 39-year-old Holyfield (219) who appeared to do the better work, landing more quality blows at least, while the champion plodded along as if there was no championship belt at stake. How Donald O’Neil had Ruiz (232) ahead by seven rounds to five beggared belief, but it allowed Ruiz to retain his title if nothing else.