Rock Hardson (rock_hardson) wrote in pugilism,
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Golota vs. Ruiz

Hey, guys, it's my first post in this here community. I'd like to ask a question: what do you all think of Golota vs. Ruiz?

Ruiz is scheduled to fight Golota for the WBA heavyweight championship sometime in either November or December. Now, we all know Golota's record when it comes to title fights, especially against hard-hitting opponents, but his draw against Byrd has reinstated a bit of faith in "The Foul Pole" in my eyes. Add to that the fact that John Ruiz isn't known for being a big puncher, and I think Golota has a good chance to take the belt away from Ruiz. That is, if he doesn't blow his top again and throw a flurry to Ruiz's nether region.

I, for one, hope that Golota takes the belt from Ruiz. I saw Ruiz's last fight, in The Garden, and was bored to tears. It looked like the referee who stopped the fight did it out of sheer boredom; like the flurry from Ruiz was an excuse to end the fight. At least when Golota comes to the ring, he brings some excitement with him.

And, who knows? If he wins this fight and if Byrd gets past his mandatory IBF challenger Jameel McCline, maybe the two will have a match to unify the belts. Don King has united the division before (once with Tyson, once with Holyfield), and seeing as both Byrd and Golota are King's fighters, maybe he'll do it again.
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Ruiz isn't a real contender. He's just had some easy fights. Up against a real fighter (eg Tua) he goes down, and quickly.
I'm certainly no Ruiz-lover, but I can't agree that he's not a real contender, or champion for that matter. Yes, he's terminally boring and affected and whiny, and no, I'd really rather get intrusive dental work than watch another of his fights.

But the fact remains, he's dodgy, awkward, and actually has a pretty good right hand, and has given other good fighters a difficult go of it in recent past. In other words, he's tenacious. He keeps fighting anyone, and he's still around and in the heavyweight picture with a belt.

I'd love to see him get knocked off by Golota, so don't think I'm defending his tenure, just his ability.
Ruiz is anything but an exciting fighter and with Golota being out of the mainstream boxing scene I dont see him doing much either, I see a boaring fight. Golota has not fought world class opposotion in a few years and Ruiz is satisfied going the distance both fighters looking for pay checks not anything great in either ones future. Anothter pair of heavy weights who in my opinion take up the TV time slot for a lighter weight fight that is more exciting than this fight.
This is a scary thought: Chris Byrd and John Ruiz.
Don King is the beast. An evil devil troll of a man. Now that I've gotten that out of the way, though I can certainly understand everyone being bored by Ruiz.....I've actually taken a weird shine to him (as a boxer and person), the guy is ugly and without much talent but somehow he makes it through. He clearly won at least two of the three Holyfield fights (if not all three), he legitimately was winning against (then contender) Kirk Johnson and he legitimately won against Rahman (not to mention the Oquendo fight). The guy fights top ten guys and most often comes out the winner, counts for something. Golota always had the size and skill to be a champion, but of course he lacks the all important "heart". Yes he had a decent fight against a seemingly declining Byrd, but.....Ruiz is a whole other animal (an octopus to be exact). Will Golota have yet another FREAK OUT in the ring after being mugged and hugged by Ruiz round after round.....or will Andrew finally summons the shit it takes to pull out a gutsy tough win in a big fight (for once). As long as the judges aren't paid off (cough cough), I believe that Golota will likely come away (this time) with decision in his favor. I think that he will use his good jab to keep Ruiz at bay or his strength to break away from John when he does get inside for the waltz, along the way winning enough rounds for the fight.