2005-04-30 John Ruiz nc 12 James Toney, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WBA

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2005-04-30 James Toney w pts 12 John Ruiz, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WBA. Referee: Steve Smoger. Scorecards: 115-112, 116-111, 116-111. Controlling the pace of the fight for the opening six rounds, despite being rocked by a left hook in the fifth, the champion came under more pressure from Toney (231) in the seventh when dropped by a similar blow. Complaining that he had been tripped but to no avail, Ruiz (244) was edged out in most of the remaining rounds as Toney, having conserved his energy, scored nearly all the punches that mattered from there on in. In the ninth, Ruiz was forced to take several heavy rights to the jaw before suffering the same again in the 11th, and although trying to pull the coals out of the fire in the 12th it was clear that Toney had done more than enough.

Following the fight, on 11 May, the result was accorded no-decision status by the NYSAC after Toney failed the post-fight drug test, and Ruiz was reinstated as champion on 17 May in line with WBA rules.