Donovan "Razor" Ruddock (born December 21, 1963) is a Canadian former professional boxer who competed from 1982 to 2001, and in 2015. One of the best exhibitions of his left hand power was his knockout of former WBA heavyweight champion Michael Dokes in 1990. Ruddock is also known for his two fights against Mike Tyson in 1991, and Lennox Lewis in 1992.
As an amateur, 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
In 1989, after two more wins by KO, a fight with another former WBA heavyweight title-holder was made, against the hard-hitting James "Bonecrusher" Smith. In the round 2, Ruddock was floored heavily by Smith but showed his heart by getting up, coming back in the round, and impressively knocking out Smith in round 7.
A title bout was made with undisputed heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, scheduled for November 1989 in Edmonton, Alberta. Tyson, claiming illness, cancelled and opted instead to fight James "Buster" Douglas in Tokyo. Tyson would go on to lose in one of the biggest upsets in boxing history.
1990, Ruddock fought former heavyweight champion Michael Dokes. Ruddock went into the fight as underdog but put on one of the best performances of his career knocking out Dokes in the 4th round. Dokes appeared to be seriously stunned on the ropes after taking Ruddock's famous "Smash" left hook. A right hand followed, which appeared to put Dokes out, but Ruddock threw another two hooks and Dokes was knocked out cold for minutes.
After another KO win over Kimmuel Odum in 1990, Ruddock had difficulty finding a marquee opponent. Ruddock hoped to fight Evander Holyfield (fresh from a KO win over James "Buster" Douglas for the heavyweight championship). Instead, Holyfield opted to fight 42-year-old George Foreman.
With no big name opponent, Ruddock took a warm up fight against Mike Rouse in December 1990 winning by 1st round knockout. The boxing world[who?] was calling for Holyfield, Bowe and Tyson to fight Ruddock and prove who was the best heavyweight. Ruddock would finally get his big fight in 1991 after it was announced in January that Ruddock would fight Mike Tyson in March after Tyson accepted Ruddock's challenge. Both fighters were praised in the boxing world[who?] for making the fight happen and it was seen by many as the fight between the two best heavyweights in the world as Evander Holyfield was still lightly regarded as champion. It would pit Tyson, the number #1 contender, against Ruddock who was number #2, for the right to fight the winner of Holyfield-Foreman.
Tyson-Ruddock happened on March 18, 1991. The fight received much attention and at the time was one of the biggest pay-per-view fights to date. The fight was brutal with Tyson scoring a knockdown in round 2 and then knocking Ruddock down toward the end of round 3. The fight went back and forth with Ruddock showing incredible heart and determination. Ruddock had his big moment in round 6 after connecting with some big shots and an uppercut that stunned Tyson before the bell sounded. Tyson started Round 7 charging at Ruddock and catching him with numerous big shots. Referee Richard Steele controversially stopped the fight even though it appeared Ruddock, although staggering, was healthy enough to continue. The premature stoppage caused tempers to boil over with people angry at the decision. Fighting broke out between both camps in the ring. Steele had to be escorted out of the ring after the angry protests. The only people who seemed calm through it all were the two fighters who both praised each other after the fight with Tyson saying "He punches like a fucking mule kick", stating it was the hardest he'd ever been hit, something he still says to this day.
After such a controversial first meeting, a rematch was called for. The second Tyson-Ruddock fight took place on June 28, 1991.
The rematch went the distance, a full 12 rounds. Tyson knocked Ruddock down twice during the bout, and won by unanimous decision. The severity of the struggle was evident on both fighters after the fight: Ruddock had a broken jaw and Tyson suffered a perforated eardrum. Sports Illustrated reported that Ruddock's jaw may have been broken as early as the fourth round. Tyson was magnanimous after his triumph, praising Ruddock as a great heavyweight: "Man this guy is tough, he'll be champion of the world one day if he stays dedicated and doesn't slip up."
After losing to Tyson for the second time, Ruddock picked up victories over former heavyweight champion Greg Page and got a win over undefeated hope Phil Jackson; both fights again were won by KO. Those victories set up a bout with Lennox Lewis in London on Halloween 1992. The bout was an official WBC Final Eliminator and seen as an elimination bout for the opportunity to face the winner of the upcoming Bowe - Holyfield match. Ruddock was knocked out in the second round.
After more than two years out after the Lewis defeat Ruddock came back in 1994 with a points win over Anthony Wade which led to a fight with Tommy Morrison in 1995. In the first round he put Morrison down, but let the opportunity for an early stoppage slip, and was given a count himself in the second round after grabbing the ropes after being caught by a Morrison uppercut. Again, like the first Tyson fight, Ruddock was controversially stopped on his feet in the 6th round.
After the loss to Morrison, Ruddock disappeared for 3 years until he returned once again in 1998. Ruddock was scheduled to challenge Vitali Klitschko for the WBO heavyweight title in April 2000, yet was forced to withdraw at late notice due to injury. After building up a winning streak against journeymen opponents, Ruddock won the Canadian heavyweight title for a second time with a tenth round win over Egerton Marcus in October 2001, then retired with a record of 38 wins (28 KOs), 5 losses and 1 draw.
On March 28, 2015 Ruddock returned to the ring with a fifth round knockout win over Raymond Olubowale.
In the late 1990s Ruddock had filed for bankruptcy as a number of failed investments, including $1 million that he lost when his Fort Lauderdale nightclub "Razor's Palace" went under; had left him cash poor. A contract dispute ruined a close relationship with his brother and former manager, Delroy.
In 2006 Ruddock invented a non-electrical garbage compacter called The Boxer which he hoped would become a success. Ruddock marketed the device he designed one day after becoming increasingly frustrated with the amount of waste his family was creating, and sold it from his website Razorruddock.com. As of November 2013, the site is no longer online and the product is listed on Amazon as unavailable with no indication for future availability.
|Professional record summary|
|47 fights||40 wins||6 losses|
|47||Loss||40–6–1||Dillon Carman||KO||3 (8), 2:05||Sep 11, 2015||Ricoh Coliseum, Toronto, Ontario, Canada||For Canada heavyweight title|
|46||Win||40–5–1||Eric Barrak||MD||6||May 22, 2015||Colisée Isabelle-Brasseur, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, Canada|
|45||Win||39–5–1||Raymond Olubowale||TKO||5 (6), 1:00||Mar 28, 2015||Hershey Centre, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada|
|44||Win||38–5–1||Egerton Marcus||TKO||10 (12), 2:48||Oct 12, 2001||Convention and Civic Center, Niagara Falls, New York, U.S.||Won vacant Canada heavyweight title|
|43||Win||37–5–1||Harold Sconiers||SD||10||Apr 27, 2001||Convention and Civic Center, Niagara Falls, New York, U.S.|
|42||Win||36–5–1||Jose Ribalta||KO||1 (10), 1:40||Oct 8, 1999||Turning Stone Resort Casino, Verona, New York, U.S.|
|41||Win||35–5–1||Mike Sedillo||TKO||8 (10), 1:19||Jul 20, 1999||Casino Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, Canada|
|40||Win||34–5–1||Derek Amos||TKO||1 (10)||May 27, 1999||Mountaineer Casino Racetrack and Resort, Chester, West Virginia, U.S.|
|39||Win||33–5–1||Anthony Willis||TKO||6 (10), 2:40||Feb 19, 1999||Turning Stone Resort Casino, Verona, New York, U.S.|
|38||Win||32–5–1||Tony LaRosa||TKO||3 (10)||Jan 21, 1999||Grand Casino Avoyelles, Marksville, Louisiana, U.S.|
|37||Win||31–5–1||Rodolfo Marin||TKO||8 (10)||Aug 11, 1998||Miccosukee Resort & Gaming, Miami, Florida, U.S.|
|36||Win||30–5–1||Tony Bradham||KO||2 (10), 2:31||Jun 26, 1998||DePaul Alumni Hall, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|35||Win||29–5–1||Brian Yates||TKO||4 (10)||Apr 16, 1998||North Vernon, Indiana, U.S.|
|34||Loss||28–5–1||Tommy Morrison||TKO||6 (12), 2:55||Jun 10, 1995||Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.||For vacant IBC heavyweight title|
|33||Win||28–4–1||Anthony Wade||UD||10||Jan 29, 1994||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|32||Loss||27–4–1||Lennox Lewis||TKO||2 (12), 0:46||Oct 31, 1992||Earls Court Exhibition Centre, London, England||For Commonwealth heavyweight title|
|31||Win||27–3–1||Phil Jackson||KO||4 (12), 2:12||Jun 26, 1992||CSU Convocation Center, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.||Won vacant IBC heavyweight title|
|30||Win||26–3–1||Greg Page||RTD||8 (10), 3:00||Feb 15, 1992||The Mirage, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|29||Loss||25–3–1||Mike Tyson||UD||12||Jun 28, 1991||The Mirage, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|28||Loss||25–2–1||Mike Tyson||TKO||7 (12), 2:22||Mar 18, 1991||The Mirage, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|27||Win||25–1–1||Mike Rouse||KO||1 (10), 2:37||Dec 8, 1990||Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.|
|26||Win||24–1–1||Kimmuel Odum||KO||3 (10), 2:58||Aug 18, 1990||Broadway by the Bay Theater, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.|
|25||Win||23–1–1||Michael Dokes||TKO||4 (12), 0:53||Apr 4, 1990||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.||Won WBA Inter-Continental heavyweight title|
|24||Win||22–1–1||James Smith||KO||7 (10), 2:18||Jul 2, 1989||Cumberland County Memorial Auditorium, Fayetteville, North Carolina, U.S.|
|23||Win||21–1–1||James Broad||TKO||1 (10), 2:58||Dec 6, 1988||Metro Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada|
|22||Win||20–1–1||Reggie Gross||TKO||2 (10), 1:36||Jun 27, 1988||Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.|
|21||Win||19–1–1||Ken Lakusta||KO||1 (12)||May 28, 1988||Saskatchewan Place, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada||Won vacant Canada heavyweight title|
|20||Win||18–1–1||Larry Alexander||KO||2 (10), 2:08||Apr 26, 1988||The Showplace, Camden, New Jersey, U.S.|
|19||Win||17–1–1||Eddie Richardson||KO||4 (10), 1:42||Nov 24, 1987||Forum, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada|
|18||Win||16–1–1||Juan Quintana||TKO||2 (10), 0:51||Aug 9, 1987||State Theatre, Easton, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|17||Win||15–1–1||Carlos Hernandez||DQ||7 (10), 0:27||Jun 15, 1987||Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.||Hernandez disqualified for attempting to punch the referee|
|16||Win||14–1–1||Robert Evans||TKO||5 (10), 0:58||May 16, 1987||State Theatre, Easton, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|15||Win||13–1–1||Mike Weaver||SD||10||Aug 23, 1986||Cumberland County Memorial Auditorium, Fayetteville, North Carolina, U.S.|
|14||Win||12–1–1||Al Houck||TKO||1 (8), 1:30||Jul 8, 1986||Forum, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada|
|13||Win||11–1–1||John Westgarth||KO||7 (8)||May 28, 1986||Alexandra Palace, London, England|
|12||Win||10–1–1||Carlton Jones||KO||1 (6), 2:04||Feb 26, 1986||St. Lawrence Market, Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|11||Loss||9–1–1||David Jaco||RTD||8 (10), 3:00||Apr 30, 1985||Sportsplex, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada|
|10||Win||9–0–1||Oscar Holman||UD||8||Oct 20, 1984||Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada|
|9||Win||8–0–1||Ricardo Peterson||UD||8||Jul 31, 1984||Sportsplex, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada|
|8||Win||7–0–1||Cedric Parsons||TKO||7 (8)||Feb 28, 1984||Sportsplex, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada|
|7||Win||6–0–1||Conroy Nelson||UD||10||Sep 25, 1983||CNE Coliseum, Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|6||Draw||5–0–1||Phil Brown||SD||6||Apr 26, 1983||Paul Sauvé Arena, Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|5||Win||5–0||Bill Hollis||UD||6||Apr 8, 1983||St. Lawrence Market, Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|4||Win||4–0||Al Williams||KO||1 (6), 1:53||Aug 13, 1982||Welland Arena, Welland, Ontario, Canada|
|3||Win||3–0||Arthur Hall||MD||4||Jun 1, 1982||Tropicana, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.|
|2||Win||2–0||Garland Tipton||KO||2 (6)||Apr 24, 1982||Columbus Event Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|1||Win||1–0||Wes Rowe||TKO||4 (6)||Mar 20, 1982||Columbus Event Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada||Professional debut|
|Regional boxing titles|
Title last held byWillie de Wit
|Canada heavyweight champion
May 28, 1988 – September 1989
Title next held byTony Morrison
Title last held byMichael Dokes
|WBA Inter-Continental heavyweight champion
April 4, 1990 – August 1990
Title next held byWladimir Klitschko
Title last held byTrevor Berbick
|Canada heavyweight champion
October 12, 2001 – 2004
Title next held byPatrice L'Heureux
|Minor world boxing titles|
Title last held byPhil Jackson
|IBC heavyweight champion
June 26, 1992 – December 1994
Title next held byTim Puller