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Ruddock knocked out in Canada heavyweight bout

Published:Sunday | September 13, 2015 | 9:00 AMLeroy Brown

Jamaican Donovan 'Razor' Ruddock had his dream of once more becoming the Canadian heavyweight boxing champion, at age 51, dashed to pieces on Friday night when he was knocked out at two minutes and five seconds of the third round in Toronto, Canada, by current champion Dillon Carman.

Ruddock, who was the Canadian champion in 2001 when he walked away from the ring without formally retiring, tried to turn back the clock and had two successful outings in March and May this year. This, in addition to his former impressive record and world rating, obviously were the reasons he was given the opportunity to challenge Carman.

The dream did not come true, however, as after two tentative rounds, in which both boxers did very little, Carman exploded in round three and floored Ruddock twice. He beat the count the first time, but was knocked out cold on the second occasion and laid flat on his back for several seconds before being revived.

He has had a great career and is now 40-6-1, while Carman, who is 29, won the title on October 2, 2014, and has a 9-2 record.

The consensus after the fight is that he should now formally retire and not put himself at risk.

- Leroy Brown