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Monday, 21 October, 2002, 10:56 GMT 11:56 UK
A bridge too far for Jones Jr?
Roy Jones Jr is naturally 40Ib lighter than John Ruiz
World light-heavyweight champion Roy Jones Jnr is to fight WBA heavyweight champion John Ruiz on 1 March 2003.

Does Jones have a chance of victory?


This debate is now closed.


Jones Jnr is considered by many to be the finest boxer of his generation, but he has received criticism for the quality of opponents in recent years.

Ruiz naturally outweighs Jones by 40lbs, but the former middleweight, super-middleweight and light-heavyweight champion obviously believes he has the tools to defeat the bigger man.

Meanwhile Ruiz, whose record stands at 38 wins, four defeats and one draw, is reckoned to be one of the poorest heavyweight champions ever.

Will Jones become the first man since Britain's Bob Fitzsimmons to have won world titles at middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight?


Roy Jones is going to knock John Ruiz out. Roy is the greatest boxer I've ever seen. He is faster than Ali and can take a punch, not that Ruiz is fast enough to hit him!!! I only wish Joe Calzaghe could have the balls to go up a weight and fight him.
Aky, UK

Jones is a slick fast boxer. However, Ruiz is a big fella. The question is, Jones will win if he outboxes Ruiz but does he have the power to knock a true heavyweight out? Or at least keep the heavy weight from pinning him against the ropes.
Paul, England

It is a shame that the biggest fight of the year is a mis-match of weights, even if a fair contest is in the offering. It seems that the heavyweight division will never again enjoy the glory of the 60s and 70s, and therefore only gains attraction for what effectively is a abundance of poor fighters and mismatches. Nevertheless, Jones will win on points.
Arun Chauhan, UK

RJ is a phenomenon. Like it or not, this man is one of the best boxers ever to lace gloves. His whole persona and boxing style encourages people to talk about him.


The words John Ruiz and champion should not be used in the same sentence

Daniel Baguley, England

He has dominated for 10 years and nobody can beat him, including Hopkins and Calzaghe, as RJ's style perplexes allcomers. In reality, the Ruiz match up is a heavyweight eliminator, and RJ will coast to a decision, as there is no chance of an immobile Ruiz connecting.

Big up RJ for moving up to heavyweight to silence the "haters", who will never appreciate this man's résumé.
Navdeep Sandhu, UK

Jones is afraid to fight Calzaghe and will get more cash for this spectacle of a fight with Ruiz. It will probabley go the distance with Jones winning on points, and the media will proclaim him the best boxer ever.
Guy Olivari, England

First of all, the words John Ruiz and champion should not be used in the same sentence. That WBA belt lost all value when they stripped Lennox so let's ignore the alphabet title and look at this as an intriguing contest rather than a title fight.

If Ruiz lands, Jones could get knocked out quick. If Jones moves, he might get a 12 round decision. But I think Jones will not knock out Ruiz. If Jones does win, let's not hear people saying he should fight Lewis because he won't. He would get knocked out in the second round.

Jones has said himself he's not big enough to take on most heavies but Ruiz is a realistic target. He has also said he would fight Holyfield. My view is that Jones will beat Ruiz then either retire or move back down in weight and fight Bernard Hopkins.
Daniel Baguley, England


It'll turn out to be a real bore with Jones hitting and running for 12 rounds
Neil, England

I am surprised by Jones' decision to take this fight and it's certainly a tough one to call. Obviously Jones would not have taken the fight on if he thought he would lose, but Ruiz knows how to fight.

It'll turn out to be a real bore with Jones hitting and running for 12 rounds. Jones has been decked before, so if Ruiz connects it'll be interesting to see what happens!
Neil, England

Although this will be an interesting contest, it does however show that boxing is ruled by money. What ever happened to a fighter having to earn the right to get a title fight by beating the other contenders at that particular weight?
David Ferguson, Scotland

I think it's a pretty straightforward win for Jones. Just as Holyfield didn't really put on weight when he went from cruiserweight to heavy, I believe Jones may put on half a stone max for the bout.

Ruiz is a bad champ but in the end, still a champ. Three fights with Holyfield, even though he is over the hill, show that he must be able to mix it with some of the best - but Jones has the speed and skills to win it on points.


I really believe this will be a step too far for Roy Jones
Jason Stephenson, London

He will be like Lewis v Holyfield, hide behind the jab and run. Whatever happened to the great battles of the 80s.
Richard, England

Roy Jones has far too much talent to lose to the plodding, slow Ruiz. Ruiz will be too tough to be stopped but a clear unanimous decision in Jones' favour will be the obvious outcome.
James Murphy, Tokyo

I don't think Ruiz is the worst heavyweight champ ever, I think he has improved since he has gained the belts. I really believe this will be a step too far for Roy Jones, although he certainly has incredible skills.

Jones will have problems carrying his punching power up to heavyweight, as well as that, the extra weight he HAS to put on will effect his speed. I believe Ruiz will cause Jones problems inside, he will go to the body and the extra natural size and strength will show. Ruiz by eight, boys!
Jason Stephenson, London, UK

Jones is indeed a much lighter man than Ruiz, but is by far the superior fighter. Ruiz is a poor heavyweight and in all honesty is not a heavyweight Champion. Jones, however, is one of the most talented fighters since Muhammad Ali and I feel his immense skills will be enough to overwhelm Ruiz.
James, England

A real gamble for Jones could be harder than he thinks. Jones will tire in the later stages of the fight and will eventually get caught by the bigger man as far as Calzaghe and the rest they are not on the same level as Jones.
Aaron Wright, GB


I have to go with Ruiz, but if Roy can dance for 12 rounds you never know
Andy Jameson, England

No matter how good the guy is, weight always has a big part to play. People should remember the Hopkins-Tito fight, Hide-Bowe fight. In those fights skill did not matter, the smaller guys were just overpowered.
Sibusiso, South Africa

I think that out of anyone outside the heavyweights Roy Jones is by far the best. But it's going to be very difficult giving away nearly three stone even to a poor heavyweight such as Ruiz.

I have to go with Ruiz, but if Roy can dance for 12 rounds you never know. It's going to be a very interesting fight though, and finally we will see someone truly test the great Roy Jones.
Andy Jameson, England

Roy Jones is a great boxer, as everyone knows, and is showing massive self-belief to take this fight. Yet I don't really see how he is going to take this title.

He will have to put weight on to become a heavyweight, and so is bound to lose some of his speed, and Ruiz certainly has a very good right hand. Ruiz is rough and tough, and fights on the inside, so I do think that we will be seeing Jones' heart, and whether he can "fight" as well as box.

If Jones can retain the speed, I can see him winning, but I have a feeling that Ruiz is going to be too big and strong and possibly to rough, but I wouldn't like to bet either way - Jones as truly a great talent.


Roy Jones is playing with fire and will definitely get burned
Greg Owen, Norway

PS. Who said that Tua is slow?? Back when Tua beat Ruiz he was near his best as a fighter, he was fast and powerful, and lighter than what he has been weighing recently.
Joe (16 years old), England

Roy Jones is a great fighter without a doubt. However, Ruiz will be too strong and rugged for Jones. It will also be bad for boxing if Jones wins the heavyweight title, as it will show how much the heavyweight division has declined over the years.

Roy Jones is playing with fire and will definitely get burned. I would suggest he try and win the cruiserweight title from Johnny Nelson in what would be an easy night's work for him.
Greg Owen, Norway

I wouldn't say Ruiz is the worst heavyweight champ ever, what about 'Buster' Douglas or Tony Tubbs. Not exactly class acts. He was destroyed by Tua, but Tua has possibly the fastest hands in the division.

If he can cut off the ring well and wear Jones down he could have a chance in the later rounds, Jones can surely only win on points so don't be prepared for a classic.
Barry, Scotland

I think Roy Jones will probably win the fight on points as usual, but I think it's a bit of a Mickey Mouse fight in the sense that Ruiz would get beaten by Lewis or Klitchko so if Roy Jones believes he is that good why won't he fight the best?


I'm 23 and in my lifetime there has not been a better fighter than Jones Jnr
Matthew McGloin, England

Also, he has never fought the true warriors in the divisions he fought in like Nigel Benn, Steve Collins, Joe Calzaghe or Darius Mikelchevski, so I think he's an unproven fighter myself.
Mark Brearley, England

What is Jones thinking of, entering the heavyweight arena? He may have the speed of a greyhound, but that ring's too small to keep running for twelve rounds. Ruiz only needs to connect that one time...
Vanessa Jacznik, England

I'm 23 and in my lifetime there has not been a better fighter than Jones Jnr - he is unstoppable and has every chance of making it as a heavyweight.
Matthew McGloin, England

I think this is a great fight for Roy Jones to show the critics once and for all what a truly great fighter he is. I'm sure he'll put on his best performance this night as he will be threatened like never before.

When he's at his best, he's unstoppable. Remember the rematch with Montell Griffin? I think it's a shame he's not getting the credit for being such an outstanding fighter now.

When he's gone, I can't see anyone coming along with his kind of speed and talent for a long, long time. I think we should appreciate the guy now, as we're sure gonna miss him when he's not fighting anymore.


It'll turn out to be a real bore with Jones hitting and running for 12 rounds
Neil, England

This guy is one of, if not THE most talented fighters ever to come along in this sport. I think Jones wins this fight be a clear cut decision.
Ross McIntosh, Britain

Roy Jones does not have anybody in his weight division to test him. He needs to move up to heavyweight to keep himself interested in the sport. If and when he beats Ruiz, he may go on to fight other "small" heavyweights like Byrd....perhaps even a washed-up Tyson!
Nigel Singh, London, England

I am surprised by Jones' decision to take this fight and it's certainly a tough one to call. Obviously Jones would not have taken the fight on if he thought he would lose, but Ruiz knows how to fight.

It'll turn out to be a real bore with Jones hitting and running for 12 rounds. Jones has been decked before, so if Ruiz connects it'll be interesting to see what happens!
Neil, England

Jones should be too quick, too slick, too good for the rugged but limited Ruiz. A clever fight for him to take. It will be interesting to see if Roy tries to bulk up or just rely on his speed. Holyfield next?
Andrew Walsh, Oslo, Sweden

I would expect Jones to put on about 1.5 - 2 stones for the fight. He will not fight Ruiz at his current weight. If Jones can mainatin his speed and stamina when putting on the weight he has a good chance of winning. He will not win if he does not put on the weight.
Suki Rai, England

Jones is far too fast for Ruiz and the longer the fight goes on it'll be Jones who will have the weight advantage.
Craig Paget, England


Roy Jones will comprehensively and systematically take John Ruiz apart
David Garland, UK

Small guys have beaten real heavyweights before - Mike Spinks beat Larry Holmes (and would have had Jones for breakfast). Ruiz may be bad, but as bad as Bruno? I don't think so.

If the ref allows Ruiz to work he will rough up Jones and win. If the ref's just there to protect Jones, he will win. It will be down to who the boxing "politicians" want to win.
Stephen Mills, England

Roy Jones will comprehensively and systematically take John Ruiz apart. Mo matter the weight difference, Jones is superior in every other department. Ruiz was KO'd by David Tua, who is slow and cumbersome.

Jones is the best pound for pound in the world today, bar none. He will take the WBA title and then retire.
David Garland, UK

Despite the weight disadvantage, Jones will beat Ruiz using his far superior footwork and dazzling hand speed. Ruiz is more powerful but this is meaningless if he can't hit Jones. However, where does Jones go after this? He would not fair so well against many other heavyweights and would stand absolutely no chance against Lewis or Klitscho.
Nathan Anders, England


Ruiz has already proven he is not the worst heavyweight "champion" ever
David, New Zealand

I expect a Chris Byrd style boxing match. Ruiz is too big to get hurt. Jones is too fast to get hit. Jones by points.
Michael Foster, USA

This fight is simply too much of a risk for Roy Jones to take. John Ruiz may not be the best fighter but he's as rough and they come. Five rounds of trying to fend him off will leave Roy fatigued and this is when Ruiz will begin to connect. Don't forget that Roy has a problem stopping bigger light-heavyweights; talk less of a full-fledged heavyweight. I say Ruiz to win by a seven round stoppage.
Alex Olusegun, US

Roy Jones in a competitive fight - now that something of a rarity! The guy is a class fighter but how good his chin is under a true heavyweight punch will be unknown until the night. One of these events I will not be visiting the bookie about, but I look forward to watching on TV!
Peter Hayes, England

Ruiz has already proven he is not the worst heavyweight "champion" ever. This match will prove to be closer and more exciting than people envision. One cannot ignore Jones' exceptional talent winning most rounds though.
David, New Zealand


Instead of going for such novelty fights (as this obviously is) why not fight Calzaghe and any other serious contender?
Richard Bridgehouse, England

Everyone should forget about who will win this fight and instead should savour the occasion for what it is. If Roy Jones beats Ruiz, he will become only the sixth man in boxing history to have won world titles in three 'traditional' boxing weight divisions - the others being Bob Fitzsimmons, Henry Armstrong, Roberto Duran, Thomas Hearns and Sugar Ray Leonard. This feat probably won't be repeated again in our lifetime so let us savour it if it happens.

Incidentally I do not think that Ruiz is the worst heavyweight champion ever. The names Gerrie Coetzee, James Braddock and Primo Carnera spring to mind.
Olu Pase, Nigeria

My prediction is that it will be a dull fight. Ruiz won't hit Jones; Jones will only hit Ruiz enough times to nick the rounds. It will though, be a brave fight for Jones to take - his skills have always been admired, but he has always wanted the money more than the glory, which has left many boxing fans doubting his heart. Is he scared to fight Michaeleski, Jirov, and Calzaghe, etc, etc? If he takes Ruiz on you can answer that question with a "no".....
Graeme C, Scotland

I'd like to see Jones earning the money that his camp requests. Instead of going for such novelty fights (as this obviously is) why not fight Calzaghe and any other serious contender? Or would that be a bit to risky for him and his American followers?
Richard Bridgehouse, England

Jones will defeat Ruiz with his superior skills and speed. That is if Ruiz doesn't get frustrated and end up with a DQ for holding or low blows.
Benzo, USA

This is a risky fight for Jones. Only one other man in the history of boxing, has moved all the way from middleweight to light heavyweight, and then to heavyweight.


It would be similar to Ali and Sonny Liston, with Roy Jones being the 'Ali'
Martin, London, England

That man was Robert Fitzsimmons, back in the days when heavyweights were nearer to Jones' weight than Ruiz. Jones is by far the superior fighter, but giving away a 30lb weight advantage means he will have to be on his guard for every minute of every round.

The chances are that Jones will start brightly, and will be leading until the midway point. From the sixth onward, Ruiz will start to connect, and by the ninth Jones will be showing the first signs of being hurt.

It will end in the 11th with Jones having been down in the 10th already. That's if this fight ever happens, as Jones' attorney has stipulated that the documents signed thus far do not constitute a contract, and are not legally binding.
James McDonnell, England

It would be similar to Ali and Sonny Liston, with Roy Jones being the 'Ali'.
Martin, London, England

For RJ to fight Ruiz, a man who is 50lbs bigger than him, shows his confidence in his fantastic talent. But it should be noted that Ruiz is probably the worst heavyweight "champion" ever.
Jagdeep Sandhu, UK/USA

I'd give it to Jones in six, though he'll be hit hard before he wins. It's hard not to echo Jones' cynicism though. If there really were quality opponents in each weight class we wouldn't be left with this entertaining but inconsequential bout.
Andy, England


Jones will be super fast but what happens if Ruiz clocks him with that big right hand?
Gareth, Wales

Roy Jones Jr is the greatest fighter of this generation and the man will go down as an all-time great. However, as technically superior he will be compared to Ruiz, Jones will never have been punched by someone as heavy as Ruiz and that could well catch him out.
Johnno, England

What is Mark on about? Jones v Lewis? That will never happen because Jones said he's not interested in fighting Lewis because Lennox is just too big. Ruiz is smaller than Lewis but is still a big guy.

It could be a great fight. Jones will be super fast but what happens if Ruiz clocks him with that big right hand? That punch knocked down Holyfield so Ruiz obviously has power.

I'm going to go for Jones to win on points. If Ruiz does manage to win it will be by a mid round stoppage.
Gareth, Wales

Jones should beat him. Jones' movement and speed will dismantle Ruiz with real ease. Ruiz is one of the worst heavyweights in history and whilst he is naturally the bigger man, is only really a pumped up cruiserweight / light-heavyeight himself.

This is definitely his biggest test since the likes of Toney, and I for one will watch with interest to see whether Jones Jnr claims his place in history next to Fitzsimmons. Jones v Lewis? Come on Mark that would be the no contest.
Mike Lewis, England


Ruiz is 40lbs heavier, but class will make a difference and Jones will be the victor
David Walcott, United Kingdom

It will be a very interesting fight but I believe Jones has the skills to make him the second only fighter to achieve this feat in almost 100 years.
Patrick Sobers, England

Roy Jones Jnr is going into the history books as the WBA Heavyweight Champion when he beats John Ruiz. Therefore there has to be a Lennox Lewis V Roy Jones Jnr fight in London, England next summer! Lewis in sux!!!
Nicolas Barrow, London, England

This will be Jones's toughest fight yet, Ruiz is 40lbs heavier, but class will make a difference and Jones will be the victor.
David Walcott, United Kingdom

As far as I can tell Roy Jones, although the smaller man, has a too many skills for Ruiz. Jones is a class act and will knock Ruiz out before the distance - it's a non event. Now Jones v Lewis on the other hand would be something to get excited about!
Mark, England

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