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Boxing Champ Ruiz to Defend Title Against Holyfield - 2001-12-15

World Boxing Association heavyweight champion David Ruiz of the United States defends his title against former champion Evander Holyfield Saturday night in (Mashantucket) Connecticut.

The bout will be the third time the two have squared off with a title at stake. Holyfield won the first bout with a controversial decision. Ruiz took the title from Holyfield last March to become the first Hispanic heavyweight champion.

The two were supposed to meet in China in August, but the fight was delayed when Ruiz hurt his neck during training. The bout was later moved to the United States because of security concerns following the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Holyfield has a record of 37 wins, five losses and one draw, with 25 wins coming by knockout. Ruiz has 37 wins and four losses with 27 knockouts.

On the undercard, unbeaten International Boxing Federation bantamweight (53.52 kilogram) champion Tim Austin takes on Thailand's Rantanachai Vorapin. Austin has 23 wins, no losses and one draw with 21 victories coming by knockout. Vorapin has 40 wins and five losses with 28 knockouts. The fights will be held at the Foxwoods Resort Casino.