11-15-2012, 12:52 AM
East Side Guru
Join Date: Feb 2012
Re: lennox's resume is hardly better than wlad's
Originally Posted by paypayvay
and ruddock himself condeded that he had ' nothing left ' after the tyson fight .
LAS VEGAS - Donovan "Razor" Ruddock had nothing to say yesterday morning about his latest loss to Mike Tyson. That's because his broken jaw was wired shut, and will remain so for six weeks.
Ruddock sustained not only his second straight defeat to Tyson at the Mirage, but a physical beating one normally absorbs in a back alley.
By the time Ruddock heard the news that he had lost a unanimous 12-round decision, his lower lip was leaking blood and his left cheek was so swollen he bore a disturbing resemblance to the tobacco-filled jaw of old Chicago White Sox second baseman Nellie Fox. None of those conditions improved after Ruddock heard judges Dalby Shirley and Art Lurie had scored the foul-marred bout 114-108 for Tyson, while Chuck Giampa had it 113-109.
Of course, had Tyson not had three points deducted for low blows (to one for Ruddock) by referee Mills Lane, the scorecards would have been as lopsided as the side of Ruddock's face.
"Donovan `Razor' Ruddock is not a sore loser," said Ruddock's promoter, Murad Muhammad, as he tried to explain his fighter's absence from yesterday's press debriefing. "He is, in fact, sore.
"He went without my knowledge to the hospital. They found out a little part of his jaw is broken. Right now, Donovan `Razor' Ruddock is in the hospital.
"His jaw is being set. His eye is puffed. Of course, his hands hurt a little bit. But he never complains about his body. He just can't understand, with the punching power he has, how Mike Tyson took those shots. We salute Mike Tyson today as the best heavyweight in the world."
After he lost 14 of the 19 rounds he has fought with Tyson, that would seem to be a minimum concession on Ruddock's part. Although Tyson's critics continued to maintain - after he had battered Ruddock's rib cage and snapped his mandible in the course of knocking him down twice - that the former champion at 25 is no longer the fearsome fighter he was at 21, he seemed to have been more than enough for Ruddock.
To be honest, that would seem to be true for anyone else in the heavyweight division at the moment, at least in Tyson's opinion.
"In all reality, I'm the champion," Tyson said. "The belts are just a symbol. I've said I want to fight heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield many times. I was entitled to his first defense but I didn't get it. He knows he can't beat me. I know he can't beat me."
Certainly, it is now clear Ruddock can't beat him. Ruddock spent most of the evening hurling wild punches at Tyson that hurt the former champion on several occasions but failed to wobble him.
Meanwhile, Tyson dropped Ruddock in the second and fourth rounds with straight right hands to the jaw that came as counters to Ruddock's powerful left hooks.