Donovan Ruddock boxer

Donovan Ruddock boxer
bouts
47
won
40
lost
6
draw
1
Status
inactive
Division
heavyweight
Debut
1982-03-20
Height
6′ 3″/191cm
Reach
82″/208cm
Age
-
Born
1963-12-21
Death
-
Nationality
Canada

Ruddock was born in St. Catherine, Jamaica. At age 11, he left Jamaica with his family and moved to Toronto, settling in the city's Weston neighbourhood. Ruddock attended Emery Collegiate Institute and Westview Centennial Secondary School, when he was a teenager. As an amateur boxer, Ruddock had a win over Lennox Lewis. He turned pro in 1982, but his career started slowly, having only 11 fights between 1982 and 1985. He won eight of his first nine fights, but drew his fifth. More controversy would follow in April 1985 when he lost to journeyman David Jaco, who would be KO'd by a young Mike Tyson the next year. After eight rounds Ruddock's corner threw in the towel when he complained of breathing problems. Jaco was awarded a TKO victory. It was discovered Ruddock had a rare respiratory illness and doctors told him his career would be over.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 also 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.

Date Opponent Last Opponents' Results Place Result
2015-09-11 Dillon Carman WWLWWW Ricoh Coliseum, Toronto LOST
KO
2015-05-22 Eric Barrak WWWLWL Colisee Isabelle Brasseur, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu WIN
Majority decision
2015-03-28 Raymond Olubowale WLLWWL Hershey Centre, Mississauga WIN
Technical knockout
2001-10-12 Egerton Marcus LDLLWW Civic Center, Niagara Falls WIN
Technical knockout
2001-04-27 Harold Sconiers LDDWLL Civic Center, Niagara Falls WIN
Split-decision
1999-10-08 Jose Ribalta WWLLLL Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona WIN
Technical knockout
1999-07-20 Mike Sedillo LLLLLW Casino Windsor, Windsor WIN
Technical knockout
1999-05-27 Derek Amos LLLLLW Mountaineer Casino Racetrack and Resort, Chester WIN
Technical knockout
1999-02-19 Anthony Willis LWLLLW Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona WIN
Technical knockout
1999-01-21 Tony LaRosa WWWWWW Grand Casino Avoyelles, Marksville WIN
Technical knockout
1998-08-11 Rodolfo Marin WWWLLW Miccosukee Indian Gaming Resort, Miami WIN
Technical knockout
1998-06-26 Tony Bradham WWLLLL DePaul Alumni Hall, Chicago WIN
KO
1998-04-16 Brian Yates LLLLLL Broomsage Ranch, North Vernon WIN
Technical knockout
1995-06-10 Tommy Morrison WWDWWW Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City LOST
Technical knockout
1994-01-29 Anthony Wade WWWWWW MGM Grand, Las Vegas WIN
Unanimous decision
1992-10-31 Lennox Lewis WWWWWW Earls Court Exhibition Hall, Kensington LOST
Technical knockout
1992-06-26 Phil Jackson WWWWWW Cleveland State Convocation Centre, Cleveland WIN
KO
1992-02-15 Greg Page WWLWWW Mirage Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas WIN
Corner retirement
1991-06-28 Mike Tyson WWLWWW Mirage Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas LOST
Unanimous decision
1991-03-18 Mike Tyson WWWLWW Mirage Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas LOST
Technical knockout
1990-12-08 Mike Rouse LWLLLW Convention Center, Atlantic City WIN
KO
1990-08-18 Kimmuel Odum WWWWL Harrah's Marina Hotel Casino, Atlantic City WIN
KO
1990-04-04 Michael Dokes WLWWWW Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
Technical knockout
1989-07-02 James Smith WWWLLD Cumberland Co. Memorial Arena, Fayetteville WIN
KO
1988-12-06 James Broad WLLLWL Halifax Metro Centre, Halifax WIN
Technical knockout
1988-06-27 Reggie Gross WLLLLW Convention Hall, Atlantic City WIN
Technical knockout
1988-05-28 Ken Lakusta LWLLLL Saskatoon Place Complex, Saskatoon WIN
KO
1988-04-26 Larry Alexander WWWWWL The Showplace, Camden WIN
KO
1987-11-24 Eddie Richardson LWLLLW The Forum, Halifax WIN
KO
1987-08-29 Juan Quintana WLLDLL State Theatre, Easton WIN
Technical knockout
1987-06-15 Carlos Hernandez WDLLWL Convention Center, Atlantic City WIN
1987-05-16 Robert Evans LWLLLL State Theatre, Easton WIN
Technical knockout
1986-08-23 Mike Weaver WWWLWL Cumberland County Auditorium, Fayetteville WIN
Split-decision
1986-07-08 Al Houck DLLWLW Halifax Forum, Halifax WIN
Technical knockout
1986-05-28 John Westgarth WLWWLL Alexandra Pavilion, Muswell Hill WIN
KO
1986-02-25 Carlton Jones LDLLL St. Lawrence Market, Toronto WIN
KO
1985-04-30 David Jaco WWWLWL Dartmouth Sportsplex, Dartmouth LOST
Corner retirement
1984-10-20 Oscar Holman WWWLWD Dartmouth WIN
Unanimous decision
1984-07-31 Ricardo Peterson DWWWL Dartmouth Sportsplex, Dartmouth WIN
Unanimous decision
1984-02-28 Cedric Parsons WWWLWW Dartmouth Sportsplex, Dartmouth WIN
Technical knockout
1983-09-25 Conroy Nelson LLLWWW C.N.E. Coliseum, Toronto WIN
Unanimous decision
1983-04-26 Phil Brown LLLLWW Paul Sauve Arena, Montreal DRAW
Split-decision
1983-04-08 Bill Hollis LLLWLL St. Lawrence Market, Toronto WIN
Unanimous decision
1982-08-13 Al Williams LLLL Welland Arena, Welland WIN
KO
1982-06-01 Arthur Hall W Tropicana Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City WIN
Majority decision
1982-04-24 Garland Tipton LLDLLL Columbus Centre, Toronto WIN
KO
1982-03-20 Wes Rowe WWLLLL Columbus Centre, Toronto WIN
Technical knockout