FANTASY MATCH: John Ruiz (WBA) vs. Chris Byrd (IBF) - April 30th 2005

Ruiz vs. Byrd Winner and How?

  • John Ruiz Stoppage

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  • John Ruiz Decision

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  • Draw

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  • Chris Byrd Stoppage

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John Ruiz, 33 and 6ft2inch. (41-5-1)
Chris Byrd, 34 and 6ft2inch. (38-2-1)

Ruiz coming off a UD win over Andrew Golota on November 13th 2004.
Byrd coming off a SD win over Jameel McCline on the same night.

Both men worked with Don King.
Winner could have gone on to unify the WBA, IBF and WBO against Lamon Brewster.

If Don King had made the fight, who wins?
 
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It would have probably been one of the most boring heavyweight title fights ever but I think Byrd would have won a 116-112 fight on the cards. Byrd was too slick and quick to get too involved in the grab and jab tactics of Ruiz. I think he would have boxed some circles around him most of the fight and took a clear win on the cards.
 
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It would have probably been one of the most boring heavyweight title fights ever but I think Byrd would have won a 116-112 fight on the cards. Byrd was too slick and quick to get too involved in the grab and jab tactics of Ruiz. I think he would have boxed some circles around him most of the fight and took a clear win on the cards.
following on.
how do you see Byrd (WBA & IBF) vs. Brewster (WBO) going?
 
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following on.
how do you see Byrd (WBA & IBF) vs. Brewster (WBO) going?
That's a toss up fight imo

Unlike Ruiz, Brewster had the power and the puncher's chance to take out Byrd but then again Byrd beat a prime Tua who hit harder than Brewster and Byrd's only losses before he was in his late 30s were to Wlad and Ike. I guess if I had to pick, I'd pick Byrd but it's a 50-50 or a 55-45 fight. I wouldn't have bet on that fight unless someone was a 2-1 underdog or more.
 
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Lockdown has brought us to this huh?
I think it was an interesting time.
Don King had the power to make the fights and create his own Undisputed HW Champ between 2005 and 2006.

Ruiz (WBA), Byrd (IBF), Brewster (WBO) and Rahman (WBC)...