Donovan 'Razor' Ruddock returns to ring at age 51
Heavyweight boxer Donovan 'Razor' Ruddock, a Jamaican-Canadian who was once among the top 10 boxers in the world, has returned to the ring at the age of 51 years.
He fought in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, on Saturday, March 28, and scored a fifth-round technical knockout (TKO) victory over Raymond Oloubowale in a fight that was scheduled for six rounds.
Ruddock, who once fought the best in the world, including heavyweight champions Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson (twice), had been out of the ring for nearly 14 years. The last time he fought before this was on October 12, 2001, when he defeated Egerton Marcus by TKO in 10 rounds in a fight scheduled for 12, for the then vacant Canada heavyweight title.
In interviews before the fight, Ruddock stated that he had started working out to lose weight and his condition was excellent. He then engaged in some sparring and everything just seemed to click. He also said that his wife, Judith, has not only been supportive, but has been assisting him with his training. She was in his corner on fight night.
Reports are that Oloubowale had the better of the fight for four rounds and put Ruddock on the canvas in that round. Ruddock recovered quickly, stormed out in the fifth round and attacked Oloubowale. He knocked him down with a vicious uppercut, but although Oloubowale was able to beat the count, he was on wobbly legs afterwards and the referee called off the fight.
Ruddock went into the fight with a 38-4-1 record, while Oloubowale was 10-7-1.