John Ruiz Boxing Net Worth: His Family, Career, And Controversies

John Ruiz is a former professional boxer from the United States. This article provides information about John Ruiz’s net worth, biography, age, height, physical characteristics, family history, and career. The kinds of questions you may have, such as his height and present level of wealth, are also acknowledged. You will also be able to learn how he came to have the majority of his net worth when he was 50 years old.

Net Worth$ 1.5 Million
NationalityUnited States

John Ruiz Biography

John Ruiz, a formidable rival, was born on January 4th, 1972. He competed as an American former professional boxer from 1992 to 2010, and from 2001 to 2005, he twice held the WBA heavyweight belt. He was the first boxer of Latin heritage to win a heavyweight championship thanks to his Puerto Rican ancestry. Edward Ruiz and Eddie Rivera, two of John’s siblings, are also co-owners of The Quietman Sports Gym.

John Ruiz Career

John Ruiz Career
John Ruiz Career


John participated in the light heavyweight division in the World Championships held in Sydney, Australia, in 1991. He triumphed over Miodrag Radulovic and Mohamed Benguesmi. He was defeated by Andrey Kurnyavka, though. Then, in 1992, he participated in the Olympic Trials, where Jeremy Williams defeated him once more.


With 69 knockouts, his professional record is 44-9-1-1. After receiving years of criticism from the boxing community, he announced his retirement on April 30, 2005, after losing the WBA championship to James “Lights-Out” Toney for the second time. But ten days after learning that Toney had tested positive for anabolic drugs, Ruiz came out of retirement. Ruiz was mandated to keep the championship after their fight’s official result was modified to a no-contest.

After that, Ruiz sued Toney, alleging that Toney’s use of illicit steroids before to their fight had harmed Ruiz’s boxing career. He suffered his first defeat as the heavyweight champion when Nikolai Valuev controversially defeated him on December 17, 2005. On August 30, 2008, Ruiz was defeated by Valuev in a rematch for the vacant WBA Heavyweight title.

Career Highlights

WBA Heavyweight Champion

Following his victory against Evander Holyfield in 1999, Lennox Lewis was forced to face Ruiz, the mandatory challenger, by the WBA. Lewis, however, declined because he had not lost since his defeat to David Tua in 1996 and he believed that the opposition Ruiz had been up against was poor. Tony Tucker, who was close to 40 years old, was the only person Ruiz had defeated at that point.

Ruiz was eligible for a title chance under WBA regulations, but Lewis chose to fight Michael Grant rather than take on him. The judge ruled that Lewis would automatically give up the WBA belt upon facing Grant in the ring. Ruiz would have another opportunity in 2003 to win the title before the year was over. As champion, Jones was obligated to take on Vitali Klitschko, the top contender in the WBA. Jones ended up as a champion-in-residence because the camps for Jones and Klitschko were unable to reach an agreement on a fight by the time that was set. However, Klitschko was unwilling to take on the

Jones declared his comeback to the light heavyweight class on February 24, 2004, after taking a break. As a result, the WBA changed its perception of Ruiz from interim heavyweight champion to two-time official champion.

For the second time, Ruiz defended his world championship on April 17, 2004. At Madison Square Garden, he defeated Fres Oquendo via technical knockout in the eleventh round, becoming the first Hispanic/Latino to compete for the world heavyweight championship. James Toney, who had just defeated Ruiz for the championship in Madison Square Garden, tested positive for the anabolic steroid stanozolol in the post-match drug test.

The New York Athletic Commission consequently imposed a $10,000 fine and a 90-day boxing suspension on Toney. For the subsequent two years, Toney is also prohibited from competing for the WBA’s heavyweight belt.

Ruiz vs. Holyfield

Ruiz was defeated by former champion Holyfield by a unanimous decision on August 12, 2000, despite rumors of a contentious judgment. Early in 2001, the WBA demanded a rematch, which Ruiz won and used to win the WBA championship.

Ruiz remained down for a while after Holyfield looked to strike him in the groyne with a low punch, which leads some detractors to this day to question the verdict. The punch wasn’t entirely challenged, but post-match video suggested that it might have been.

Ruiz successfully defended his championship twice, once in a contentious draw with Holyfield that many in the media believed Holyfield had won, and once again in a disqualification victory over Kirk Johnson.

In the latter contest, Johnson was repeatedly struck below the belt by Ruiz in the tenth round, resulting in his disqualification. In the Johnson fight and the second Holyfield fight, it was said that he faked low strikes that appeared to be closer to his beltline than his groyne (although Johnson was shown on replays to have hit Ruiz below the belt several times).

Ruiz vs. Jones Jr.

Ruiz had a bout scheduled against Roy Jones Jr., The Ring’s light heavyweight champion, for March 1, 2003. If Jones prevails over Ruiz, he will be one of just three boxers to have won belts at both light heavyweight and heavyweight, joining Bob Fitzsimmons, Michael Spinks, and Michael Moorer. He would become the second fighter (Fitzsimmons being the first) to hold both the midweight and heavyweight titles as a result of this.

Ruiz dropped back into the WBA’s contender pool after losing to Jones by a unanimous decision. Referee Jay Nady, he claimed, “wouldn’t let me fight my fight.”

Controversial loss to Valuev

Ruiz was defeated by Russian Nikolai Valuev in a majority decision to lose the WBA Championship on December 17, 2005. Although the official result was 114-116, 113-116, and 114-114, it was also debatable.

Ruiz was certain that he had won the fight handily with to his jab/combination-punch strategy. He sought a rematch right away against the newly crowned Russian heavyweight champion.


On October 13, 2007, Ruiz competed in a 10-round fight against Otis Tisdale. Referee Pete Podgorski stopped the fight in the second round after Tisdale fell for the third time, giving Ruiz a TKO victory. On March 8, 2008, in Mexico, Ruiz defeated Jameel McCline by a unanimous decision after 12 rounds.


Ruiz announced his retirement from boxing in 2012 after an 18-year career in the sport and a defeat to David Haye. He launched Quietman Sports Gym in Medford, Massachusetts, in 2013, where he trains clients of all ages in boxing and mixed martial arts.

All ages are welcome in his gym, but he focuses on giving at-risk kids and teenagers in the Greater Boston area an option. In the future, he plans to return to boxing, but in a new capacity, perhaps as a manager or trainer. On’s list of “The 100 Greatest Heavyweights of All Time” in 2014, he came in at number 83.

Frequently Asked Questions About John Ruiz

What is the Net worth of John Ruiz Net worth?

According to reports, John Ruiz’s net worth is around $1.5 Million.

John Ruiz built his net worth through boxing.

Who is John Ruiz Wife?

John Ruiz wife name is Maribelle Ruiz.