By Frank Stea –

Former heavyweight champion George Foreman appeard on ATG Radio and discussed several of the up and coming American heavyweights. After going through the names, Foreman views undefeated contender Andy Ruiz (20-0, 14KOs) as the next big thing in the heavyweight division. Foreman does not have the same heavy feeling about crushing puncher Deontay Wilder (29-0, 29KOs). Foreman was more impressed with Ruiz’s recent KO win over undefeated Joe Hanks than Wilder’s brutal KO of former champion Sergei Liakhovich.

“Ruiz, I love him. The guy is a genuine puncher. He was in with an undefeated fighter who didn’t think he would get knocked out. We have a genuine contender coming on to the scene. I think in two and a half years, maybe less – he will be heavyweight champ of the world. [With Deontay Wilder] I only have hope. I hope this is the second coming of a giant that will come in the heavyweight division and clean things up and make everything exciting. Other than hope, I don’t have too much to say about him. The Ruiz guy, I see promise in his future. The other guy – I have hope….that’s all,” Foreman said.–68643




By Scott Christ –

Photos:  Chris Farina /Top Rank — Andy Ruiz Jr stayed undefeated with an impressive fourth round TKO of fellow heavyweight prospect Joe Hanks today in Macao.

Andy Ruiz Jr may look like a run of the mill fat kid, doomed in the pro boxing world, but he can fight, and he showed off his skills, hand speed, and power today in Macao, knocking out Joe Hanks in the fourth round of a prospect vs prospect heavyweight battle.

Ruiz (20-0, 14 KO) had Hanks looking overmatched in the first two rounds, as his speed of hand was simply too much for the more lumbering Hanks (21-1, 14 KO). Hanks, though, did come back with a good third round, landing a couple of big blows, but Ruiz just went through them.




Then in the fourth round, Ruiz struck suddenly with a right hand that caught Hanks totally by surprised, followed by a left that sent the big man down to the canvas, “timber!” style. The referee got to a count of “nine and three-quarters,” if you will, but that’s not 10, so he didn’t count Hanks out there. Hanks was done moments later though, as Ruiz jumped in on him and put him down again, finishing the fight at 1:41 of the fourth round.

It is expected that Ruiz will be back on the Pacquiao-Rios card in Macao on November 23.



Por Carlos Costa en Macao, China, –

MACAO, China –  Andy Ruiz Jr., el joven peso pesado mexicano, oriundo de Mexicali, Baja California, registro en la balanza 254.40 lbs (115,40 kilos), mientras que su peligroso oponente norteamericano Joe Hanks marco 236 lbs (107 kilos) para su combate de mastodontes mañana Sábado aquí en el el lujoso Venetian Resort Cotai Arena en China.

El primero en subirse a la romana fue Hanks (21-0, 14 KOs), oriundo de Nueva Jersey, quien se noto fortísimo, sonriendo confiadamente ante la prensa especializada en boxeo y los aficionados presentes en el evento de pesaje realizado en el dia de hoy (Viernes).

Luego, subió a la romana el Mexicano de 23 abriles apodado “El Destroyer”.  Aun con cara de niño, Andy se vio fuerte aunque quizá con unas cuantas libras de mas y un fanático chino lo confundió con Butterbean.

Pero no nos equivoquemos.   Andy Ruiz es rápido y demoledor y desde el primer round va hacia adelante tirando bombazos y no da cuartel.

En su últimos cinco combates, el invicto Andy Ruiz (19-0, 13 KOs) ha reventado a sus oponentes propinándoles palizas y finiquitandolos por nocaut.

Podrá masacrar tambien al mas alto y corpulento Joe Hanks?

Todos los latinos eso esperamos, pero quizá no sea tan fácil.   Hay que ver el combate.

Tanto el mexicano como el estadounidense están ranqueados mundialmente: Ruiz de doce en la AMB y Hanks de doce en la OMB.  El interesante combate, que sera transmitido por Unimas TV, es valido por el campeonato Intercontinental pesado de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB).

El ganador subirá en los rankings y podría en un futuro cercano disputar el titulo mundial pesado, hoy en dia en poder de la dinastía Klitschko.

Presentes en la entretenida ceremonia de “weight-in” aquí en Macao, China, estuvo el presidente de la OMB Paco Varcarcel, acompañado de oficiales de la organización con sede en la Isla del Encanto.

El promotor cubano Felix “Tutico” Zabala de All Star Boxing también estuvo mirando el pesaje, el cual estuvo bajo la batuta de los maestros de ceremonias Lupe Contreras y Michael Buffer.


(Photo by Chris Farina/Top Rank)

By Jake Donovan –

Once upon a time existed the old adage that you simply made a good heavyweight fight if there was one to be made.

Those days seem long ago considering the current dismal state of the division. But things have progressively improved in recent times – nowhere near the past status as boxing’s glamour division, but enough to where not all hope is lost.

A piece of the future is offered this weekend in Macau of all places. Unbeaten heavyweight prospects Andy Ruiz and Joe Hanks square off on the undercard of a show headlined by the 2nd pro fight of three-time Olympic medalist Zou Shiming.

“It’s unusual to have a heavyweight bout in Asia. The heavyweight bouts (the fans) normally see are over the hill fighters 50 pounds heavier than they were in their prime,” suggests Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum, whose Top Rank company guides the career of Ruiz. “Not this time. What you have here are two heavyweights in the prime of their career.”

Both fighters promise an entertaining fight and naturally each predicting victory. Chances are that both winner and loser will see plenty of screen time in the future.

“It’s going to be a good fight; two undefeated fighters going at it hard,” promises Hanks (21-0, 14KO), a Newark (NJ) native who fights outside of the U.S. for the first time in his career. “It’s going to be a great fight that will bring some excitement back to the heavyweight division.”

Ruiz (19-0, 13KO) enters the fight the more celebrated commodity of the two. The unbeaten Mexican has left a favorable impression on boxing fans and media, his fleshy exterior not at all indicative of his in-ring capabilities. Five straight knockouts precede what is to date his biggest stage.

“I’m happy to come here to Macau, China. It’s going to be a good fight. We’re going to entertain you guys. My camp has trained real hard. We’re going to do all we can to give you a great fight,” Ruiz promises.

A great heavyweight fight will be welcomed with open arms. A great future contender will be even better. Matching up unbeaten heavyweights at this stage in their careers is a heck of a starting point.–68013