Peak Tua vs Peak John Ruiz

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  1. cross_trainer

    cross_trainer Bergeron Avatar Club Full Member

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    How would John Ruiz in his octopus boxing pomp have done against prime Tua? Does Ruiz perform better than he did as a younger fighter?

    We will assume Ruiz is the champion in this scenario, and Tua is challenging for the belt.
     
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  2. janitor

    janitor Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    A tricky one.

    On paper Ruiz should win when you compare their results at the highest level, but it is hard to unsee their actual fight.
     
  3. GoldenHulk

    GoldenHulk Well-Known Member Full Member

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    Tua puts him through the blender again, it might take a little longer because Ruiz is goin g to be clinching a lot.
     
  4. ipswich express

    ipswich express Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    At some stage Tua catches him and it’s done.
     
  5. Kamikaze

    Kamikaze Bye for now! Full Member

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    i always felt as if that fight was a freak occurrence and had Ruiz survived he’d have shut Tua down with his BS.
     
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  6. cross_trainer

    cross_trainer Bergeron Avatar Club Full Member

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    Back when Huggy Bear (as his "fans" called him) held a belt, it was generally believed that Ruiz's unique take on boxing developed in response to the Tua defeat.

    Dunno how accurate this is, since I've never seen pre-Tua Ruiz in action.
     
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  7. Kamikaze

    Kamikaze Bye for now! Full Member

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    No such thing as Ruiz action he always was terrible on the eyes and soul
     
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    cross_trainer Bergeron Avatar Club Full Member

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    My mistake. I've never seen the early Ruiz in stasis.
     
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  9. Fergy

    Fergy Walking Dead Full Member

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    Four round in, after Ruiz has held on and smothered Tua, BANG.
    Ruiz finds himself studying those pretty lights.