Razor Ruddock (51): Comeback starts SaturdayHot
Yes, he's 51 - And he's back.
Donovan 'Razor' Ruddock (38-5-1, 29 KO), a former heavyweight contender from the exciting heavyweight era during the late 1980s and 1990s, will face Raymond Olubowale (10-6-1, 7 KO) Saturday at Hershey Centre, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada in a scheduled six round affair.
Ruddock earned the "Razor" nickname early on for his cutting jab but was better known for a powerful left hook/uppercut, which he called "The Smash."
It was the same punch that put Michael Dokes to sleep for several minutes, crushed the 'Bonecrusher' and rocked Mike Tyson on numerous occasions, and was arguably one of the most devatating weapons in the entire history of the sport.
So why the comeback?
It's not about money, Razor insisted.
"I dont look back. I want to forge new memories," he told RING TV.
So what's the end game, really?
Believe it or not, Razor Ruddock looks to do the following, in order, on his comeback:
a) win a a few tune-ups
b) regain the Canadian heavyweight title
c) knock-off a top 10 contender, and
d) face lineal champion Wladimir Klitschko or WBC belt-holder Deontay Wilder
Razor's wife will be working his corner and insists she's not the least bit concerned about her husband taking a beating.
"I am not worried about him taking punishment because I have seen how hard hes worked; I have seen the sparring," she told RING TV.
"The ring is his home and anyone else who enters with him is just a visitor."
Can Ruddock, who insists he trains with more dedication now, overcome the odds?
"I want to educate people that you can still do it, that time and age does not define you."
Razor Ruddock facts
- Height: 6'3"/ 191cm
- Last fight: TKO 10 Egerton Marcus, Oct 2001
- Defeated Lennox Lewis as an amateur
- Impressively defeated former heavyweight champion Mike Weaver in 1986.
- KO'd former heavyweight champion Bonecrusher Smith in 7, in 1989
- Stopped former titlist Greg Page in 8 (1992)
- Brutally KO'd former champ Michael Dokes in 1990, rendering him unconscious for two minutes.
- Stagged two epic superfights with Mike Tyson in 1991
- Was stopped by Lennox Lewis and Tommy Morrison in 1992 and 1995, respectively.
- The RING Magazine named Ruddock the 70th greatest puncher of all-time in 2003.