2004-11-13 John Ruiz w pts 12 Andrew Golota, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WBA
2004-11-13 John Ruiz w pts 12 Andrew Golota, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WBA. Referee: Randy Neumann. Scorecards: 114-111, 113-112, 114-111. Following a scrappy opening round, when the champion walked into Golota (238) in the second he was promptly floored by a countering right. Quickly on his feet, moments later Ruiz (239) was pulled down by Golota, being punched while he was still on the floor, and adding insult to injury it counted as a knockdown. Coming back well when taking the third Ruiz was then docked a point in the fourth for rabbit punching prior to picking up the pace to take the next four sessions in what had become a boring spectacle. By the ninth, still landing the better blows, even though Ruiz was exhausted Golota was unable to take advantage until he dropped the champion after both men had carried on punching following the bell to end the tenth. Obviously not counted as a knockdown, Golota, now cut over the right eye, took the 11th before Ruiz came on strongly in the final session with solid combinations to make sure of retaining his title.