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Donovan Ruddock boxer

Donovan Ruddock image
Status inactive
Division heavyweight
Height 6′ 3″/191cm
Reach 82″/208cm
Debut 1982-03-20
Born 1963-12-21
Nationality Canada
Residence Weston, Ontario, Canada
bouts
47
won
40
lost
6
draw
1
bouts
47
won
40
lost
6
draw
1
Status inactive
Division heavyweight
Height 6′ 3″/191cm
Reach 82″/208cm
Debut 1982-03-20
Born 1963-12-21
Nationality Canada
Residence Weston, Ontario, 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.

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 Titles Result
Sept. 11, 2015 Dillon Carman WWLWWW Ricoh Coliseum, Toronto Canada Heavyweight

LOSS
KO
May 22, 2015 Eric Barrak WWWLWL Colisee Isabelle Brasseur, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu WIN
Majority decision
March 28, 2015 Raymond Olubowale WLLWWL Hershey Centre, Mississauga WIN
Technical knockout
Oct. 12, 2001 Egerton Marcus LDLLWW Civic Center, Niagara Falls WIN
Technical knockout
April 27, 2001 Harold Sconiers LDDWLL Civic Center, Niagara Falls WIN
Split-decision
Oct. 8, 1999 Jose Ribalta WWLLLL Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona WIN
Technical knockout
July 20, 1999 Mike Sedillo LLLLLW Casino Windsor, Windsor WIN
Technical knockout
May 27, 1999 Derek Amos LLLLLW Mountaineer Casino Racetrack and Resort, Chester WIN
Technical knockout
Feb. 19, 1999 Anthony Willis LWLLLW Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona WIN
Technical knockout
Jan. 21, 1999 Tony LaRosa WWWWWW Grand Casino Avoyelles, Marksville WIN
Technical knockout
Aug. 11, 1998 Rodolfo Marin WWWLLW Miccosukee Indian Gaming Resort, Miami WIN
Technical knockout
June 26, 1998 Tony Bradham WWLLLL DePaul Alumni Hall, Chicago WIN
KO
April 16, 1998 Brian Yates LLLLLL Broomsage Ranch, North Vernon WIN
Technical knockout
June 10, 1995 Tommy Morrison WWDWWW Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City vacant International Boxing Council Heavyweight

LOSS
Technical knockout
Jan. 29, 1994 Anthony Wade WWWWWW MGM Grand, Las Vegas WIN
Unanimous decision
Oct. 31, 1992 Lennox Lewis WWWWWW Earls Court Exhibition Hall, Kensington Commonwealth (British Empire) Heavyweight

LOSS
Technical knockout
June 26, 1992 Phil Jackson WWWWWW Cleveland State Convocation Centre, Cleveland vacant International Boxing Council Heavyweight

WIN
KO
Feb. 15, 1992 Greg Page WWLWWW Mirage Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas WIN
Corner retirement
June 28, 1991 Mike Tyson WWLWWW Mirage Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas LOSS
Unanimous decision
March 18, 1991 Mike Tyson WWWLWW Mirage Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas LOSS
Technical knockout
Dec. 8, 1990 Mike Rouse LWLLLW Convention Center, Atlantic City WIN
KO
Aug. 18, 1990 Kimmuel Odum WWWWL Harrah's Marina Hotel Casino, Atlantic City WIN
KO
April 4, 1990 Michael Dokes WLWWWW Madison Square Garden, New York World Boxing Association Inter-Continental Heavyweight

WIN
Technical knockout
July 2, 1989 James Smith WWWLLD Cumberland Co. Memorial Arena, Fayetteville WIN
KO
Dec. 6, 1988 James Broad WLLLWL Halifax Metro Centre, Halifax WIN
Technical knockout
June 27, 1988 Reggie Gross WLLLLW Convention Hall, Atlantic City WIN
Technical knockout
May 28, 1988 Ken Lakusta LWLLLL Saskatoon Place Complex, Saskatoon vacant Canada Heavyweight

WIN
KO
April 26, 1988 Larry Alexander WWWWWL The Showplace, Camden WIN
KO
Nov. 24, 1987 Eddie Richardson LWLLLW The Forum, Halifax WIN
KO
Aug. 29, 1987 Juan Quintana WLLDLL State Theatre, Easton WIN
Technical knockout
June 15, 1987 Carlos Hernandez WDLLWL Convention Center, Atlantic City WIN
DQ
May 16, 1987 Robert Evans LWLLLL State Theatre, Easton WIN
Technical knockout
Aug. 23, 1986 Mike Weaver WWWLWL Cumberland County Auditorium, Fayetteville WIN
Split-decision
July 8, 1986 Al Houck DLLWLW Halifax Forum, Halifax WIN
Technical knockout
May 28, 1986 John Westgarth WLWWLL Alexandra Pavilion, Muswell Hill WIN
KO
Feb. 25, 1986 Carlton Jones LDLLL St. Lawrence Market, Toronto WIN
KO
April 30, 1985 David Jaco WWWLWL Dartmouth Sportsplex, Dartmouth LOSS
Corner retirement
Oct. 20, 1984 Oscar Holman WWWLWD Dartmouth WIN
Unanimous decision
July 31, 1984 Ricardo Peterson DWWWL Dartmouth Sportsplex, Dartmouth WIN
Unanimous decision
Feb. 28, 1984 Cedric Parsons WWWLWW Dartmouth Sportsplex, Dartmouth WIN
Technical knockout
Sept. 25, 1983 Conroy Nelson LLLWWW C.N.E. Coliseum, Toronto WIN
Unanimous decision
April 26, 1983 Phil Brown LLLLWW Paul Sauve Arena, Montreal DRAW
Split-decision
April 8, 1983 Bill Hollis LLLWLL St. Lawrence Market, Toronto WIN
Unanimous decision
Aug. 13, 1982 Al Williams LLLL Welland Arena, Welland WIN
KO
June 1, 1982 Arthur Hall W Tropicana Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City WIN
Majority decision
April 24, 1982 Garland Tipton LLDLLL Columbus Centre, Toronto WIN
KO
March 20, 1982 Wes Rowe WWLLLL Columbus Centre, Toronto WIN
Technical knockout