Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Razor Ruddock Looks to Return to Boxing Ring, Says He Wants a Crack at the Title: Razor Ruddock Looks to Return to Boxing Ring

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Razor Ruddock Looks to Return to Boxing Ring, Says He Wants a Crack at the Title: Razor Ruddock Looks to Return to Boxing Ring

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TORONTO - At 48, there's still some fight left in Donovan (Razor) Ruddock.

The former Canadian heavyweight champion, who went 19 rounds in two fights with Mike Tyson more than two decades ago, wants to return to the ring.

Ruddock says he made the decision after training in Jamaica.

"I got in such shape that I realized I wasn't in shape when I was fighting Tyson and all those guys," he told The Canadian Press. "Now I'm in shape. ... I'm in the best shape of my life. I'm stronger, I'm faster.

"We can rebuild him, gentlemen," he added with a laugh.

Ruddock has to find an opponent and get licensed by an athletic commission. But his spirit is more than willing.

"I'm looking for a fight like yesterday," said Ruddock, a vegan who weighs a trim 215 pounds.

Ruddock (38-5-1) last fought in October 2001 when he stopped Egerton Marcus in the 10th round to claim the vacant Canadian heavyweight title.

"I didn't lose it. I just left it," he said of the championship.

Ruddock plans to officially announce his comeback Saturday in an appearance at a fight card in suburban Mississauga at the Hershey Centre.

Logan (Cotton) McGuinness (16-0-1) of Orangeville, Ont., defends his NABA super-featherweight title against American Meacher Major (20-4-1) in the main event.

Ruddock said his career was derailed by a shoulder muscle injury, which affected his jab. He had already signed to fight Marcus so he went ahead with the bout.

"And then I decided if I can't protect myself with my left hand, then I'm going to give the game a walk. And I did give it a walk. But by training in Jamaica the last four years, I've rehabbed the left hand. It is as dangerous as it's ever been."

Ruddock, who divides his time between Toronto and Jamaica, is also fighting a court battle in Canada with a former business associate over a garbage compactor called The Boxer. …

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