Dan Rafael: Donovan Ruddock

Time warp: Ruddock coming back

May, 11, 2012
5/11/12
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Try not to laugh: Heavyweight Donovan "Razor" Ruddock is making a comeback.

The once-fearsome contender, who gave Mike Tyson two excellent fights -- in 1991! -- is returning at age 48. He hasn't been in the ring since winning the Canadian heavyweight title via 10th-round knockout of Egerton Marcus all the way back in 2001.

Supposedly, Ruddock (38-5-1, 29 KOs) is a chiseled 211 pounds after fighting most of his notable fights in the 230s and 240s. At a boxing card on Saturday in Mississauga, Ontario, Ruddock is slated to formally announce his comeback and show off his physique.

"I've never been in this shape in my life," said Ruddock, who says he's talking to various promoters about a June or July comeback or even a May 25 return on a show in Hammond, Ind.

"I always got by on my ability and trained as hard as I knew how back in the day," Ruddock said. "But now I know so much more. Not just about boxing, but myself as well."

Besides the two losses to Tyson, including a debatable stoppage in the seventh round of their first bout, Ruddock was one of the toughest heavyweights of his time. He owns wins against former titlists Michael Dokes and Greg Page and lost (in devastating fashion) to Hall of Famer Lennox Lewis via second-round knockout in 1992 and via sixth-round knockout to Tommy Morrison in 1995. After the loss to Morrison, Ruddock took three years off, then came back and won his next 10 fights. He walked away after the win against Marcus because of a shoulder injury.

"At this weight, I feel even faster, stronger and more lethal than when I had ringside doctors running all over the place," Ruddock said.

Ruddock's goal is to eventually land a fight with Neven Pajkic (16-1, 5 KOs), the reigning Canadian champion.

"First thing, I want my Canadian heavyweight title back," Ruddock said. "I really respect Neven. He's a warrior who carries the title with class and pride. But sadly for him, he's wearing the belt that I want."

Then Ruddock turned a little crazy when he added: "Then when Neven is healing up, hopefully he'll take some comfort in the fact that I'll be putting Tyson Fury, Chris Arreola, Dereck Chisora, David Haye, Bermane Stiverne, Seth Mitchell and Tomasz Adamek on the exact same pudding diet, too. And after I feast on the appetizers, I'll dive in for two helpings of Chicken Kiev."

That last reference was to world champions Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko of Ukraine.

"The older brother [Vitali] avoided me 11 years ago, and now he has to pay," Ruddock said. "And the younger one [Wladimir] just bores me. I'll have to knock him out, too."

Good luck to Ruddock in his comeback. He can dream, can't he?

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