Razor Ruddock storms back with TKO (Video)Written by Leroy Cleveland
In his first bout since in 14 years, 51-year-old former 1990s elite heavyweight contender Donovan “Razor” Ruddock (39-5-1, 30 KOs) TKO'd Raymond Olubowale (10-7-1, 7 KOs) on Saturday at the Hershey Centre, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.
Can Ruddock make waves in the heavyweight division?
Believe it or not, Razor Ruddock looks to do the following, in order, on his comeback:
a) win a a few tune-ups
b) regain the Canadian heavyweight title
c) knock-off a top 10 contender, and
d) face lineal champion Wladimir Klitschko or WBC belt-holder Deontay Wilder
Tonight, Ruddock took the first step towards re-establishing himself as a 'fighter of interest' in the heavyweight division.
What's next for Razor?
He must stay active.
Activity will be key. If he's serious about becoming a contender again, we need to see him in the ring every 8 weeks until he's ready to fame a top 20 opponent.
Ruddock must pad his resume and pick opponents who are capable of challenging him but not winning. And he must dazzle.
Aging fighters, when attempting to rebuild their stature and increase their stock fight often, look impressive (albeit against low and mid tier opposition) and build a case for a high-profile, big money showdown. George Foreman employed a similar approach during his comeback as did Julio Cesar Chavez, Roberto Duran and Hector Camacho, Larry Holmes and many others late in their respective careers. (Staying busy is a lost art these days).
When can we see you again, Mr. Ruddock?