Donovan Ruddock

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Donovan Ruddock

Retired Canadian heavyweight boxer add

Category: Boxing

Born in 1963.

Countries: United States (36%), United Kingdom (21%), Canada (21%)

Main connections: Mike Tyson, Michael Dokes, Phil Jackson (boxer)

Linked to: Sports Illustrated, World Boxing Council, World Boxing Association, Westview Centennial Secondary School




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Donovan Ruddock was born in 1963 add something


He was a promising heavyweight of the late 1980s and early 1990s add something


He turned pro in 1982, but his career started slowly, having only 11 fights between 1982 and 1985 add something


More controversy would follow in April 1985 when he lost to journeyman David Jaco, who'd been KO'd by a young Mike Tyson the year after add something


After taking 10 months off after rehabilitation Ruddock made a full recovery to the doctors surprise and resumed his boxing career winning 9 straight fights, 8 of them by KO picking up an impressive decision win over former WBA heavyweight title-holder Mike Weaver before winning the Canadian heavyweight championship by a first-round knockout against Ken Lakusta in 1988 add something


Phil Jackson (boxer) - Known as "The Enforcer", Jackson began his career in 1988 on a tear, winning his first 25 fights mostly by KO, setting up a bout with hard-punching Canadian top contender Razor Ruddock in 1992


In 1989, after two more wins by KO, a fight with another former WBA heavyweight title-holder was made, against the hard-hitting James 'Bonecrusher' Smith add something


A title bout was made with undisputed heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, scheduled for November 1989 in Edmonton, Alberta add something


After another KO win over Kimmuel Odum in 1990 Ruddock was now seen as the most feared and exciting heavyweight since Mike Tyson burst onto the boxing scene in 1985 with many ranking his power with that of the Heavyweight greats like George Foreman add something


One of the best exhibitions of his left hand power, was his brutal 1990 knockout of former WBA heavyweight champion Michael Dokes add something


With no big name opponent, Ruddock took a warm up fight against Mike Rouse in December 1990 winning by 1st round knockout add something


Michael Dokes - Dokes was knocked out by Razor Ruddock in 1990


Ruddock would finally get his big fight in 1991 after it was announced in January that Ruddock would fight Mike Tyson in March after Tyson accepted Ruddock's challenge add something


Tyson-Ruddock happened on March 18, 1991 add something


The second Tyson-Ruddock fight took place on June 28, 1991 add something


Mike Tyson - Attempting to regain the titles, he defeated Donovan Ruddock twice in 1991, but he pulled out of a fight with undisputed heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield due to injury


After losing to Tyson for the second time, Ruddock picked up victories over former heavyweight champion Greg Page and got an impressive win over undefeated hope Phil Jackson, both fights again were won by KO. Those victories set up a bout with Lennox Lewis in London on Halloween 1992 add something


Lennox Lewis - In 1992 he knocked out Donovan Ruddock to take over the number one position in the World Boxing Council rankings and eventually be declared WBC heavyweight champion in 1993


After more than two years out after the Lewis defeat Ruddock came back in 1994 with a points win over Anthony Wade which led to a fight with Tommy Morrison in 1995 add something


After the loss to Morrison, Ruddock disappeared for 3 years until he returned once again in 1998 add something


Ruddock was scheduled to challenge Vitali Klitschko for the WBO heavyweight title in April 2000, yet was forced to withdraw at late notice due to injury add something


Since he Retired in 2001 when asked about his Boxing career he stated his fights with Tyson took everything out of him and believed they finished Tyson insisting both he and Tyson were never the same after those fights add something


After building up a winning streak against journeymen opponents, Ruddock won the Canadian heavyweight title for a second time with a tenth round win over Egerton Marcus in October 2001, retired with a record of 38 wins , 5 losses and 1 draw add something


In 2006 Ruddock invented a non-electrical garbage compacter called The Boxer which he hoped would become a success add something


As of January 2010, the site is no longer up and running, but Amazon continues to stock The Boxer add something


As of November 2013, the site is no longer online and the product is listed on Amazon as unavailable with no indication for future availability add something


On March 28, 2015 Ruddock returned to the ring with a fifth round knockout win over Raymond Olubowale add something