John Ruiz vs. Roy Jones Jr.

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2003-03-01 : Roy Jones Jr 193 lbs beat John Ruiz 226 lbs by UD in round 12 of 12


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  • Jones was guaranteed $10 million against 60% of the profits. Ruiz had no guarantee. He received 40% of the profits, which he had to share with promoter Don King.
  • Jones was a 9-5 favorite.
  • There was a crowd of 15,300.
  • Jones landed 134 of 424 punches (32%) and Ruiz connected on 89 of 433 (21%).
  • "Roy Jones fights at heavyweight" was named The Ring Event of the Year for 2003.
  • Jones became the seventh boxer in history to win world titles in four weight divisions.
  • Jones became the first former world middleweight titlist since Bob Fitzsimmons in 1897 to win a world heavyweight title.
  • Jones never defended the WBA heavyweight title. He relinquished the belt and returned to the light heavyweight division.
  • According to Mark Taffet, HBO’s Senior Vice-President of Sports Operations and Pay-Per-View, the fight generated 602,000 pay-per-view buys. The figure was originally reported to be 525,000 buys.


Preceded by:
Ruiz vs. Johnson
WBA Heavyweight Title Fight
# 77
Succeeded by:
Ruiz vs. Rahman
Interim Title