2002-07-27 John Ruiz w disq 10 Kirk Johnson, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBA
2002-07-27 John Ruiz w disq 10 Kirk Johnson, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBA. Referee: Joe Cortez. In what was a poor fight with far too much holding and lack of control, when Johnson (238) was docked a point for going low as early as the opening round the pattern was set. Both men went with the left jab, but by the end of the third it seemed that Ruiz (233) was getting on top. When Johnson had Ruiz over in the fourth from another low blow and was allowed to get away with it the latter, on being told to get on with it, got up and butted the Canadian. In the seventh Johnson again went low with the left hook, dropping Ruiz for the third time, before being deducted another point. Taking a four-minute break to recover, much against the referee’s better judgement, Ruiz got going again and in the ninth he almost had Johnson over, only to be pulled down himself. Then, at the end of the session the challenger was chopped down by a rabbit punch, but no count was taken up. The tenth started with Ruiz well on top before coming to an end on the 2.17 mark when Johnson went low again with another left hook and was disqualified.