Christina Ruiz: Ready to Become World ChampionWritten by Joseph Herron
Life is never what you expect it to be. But, if you had told young Christina Ruiz of San Antonio, TX, that she would be fighting for a major world title in New York City, NY, in front of thousands of fans just 2 years after turning pro, she would have probably told you, "It's going to take me that long?"
On Saturday, July 23rd, Christina "The Bullitt" Ruiz (6-3-1, 4 KOs) will challenge Alicia "Slick" Ashley (16-9-1, 1 KO) for the vacant WBC Super Bantamweight title at the "Knock Out Cancer" event being presented by Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing at the Hunts Point Produce Market to benefit the American Cancer Society.
With underrated skills and world class power, Christina Ruiz has the opportunity to become San Antonio's fourth major world titlist this Saturday night.
"This is my first world title fight," claims Christina. "I'm so excited and I'm ready to become a world champion."
The twenty five year old beauty from the Alamo City has confidence galore and crushing power to match. Christina's friend and trainer, Emilio Ledezma of Team Azteca Boxing Gym in San Antonio, TX, claims that she is more than ready for her first title fight.
"In preparation for her fight with Ashley, she has been sparring with a lot of tough fighters and hurting them," claims Ledezma. "She cracked one of her sparring partners with a hard body shot and made him quit. He went outside and started to take off his gear after he felt her shots."
"That's what kind of power Christina has," proclaims the experienced trainer.
When asked if she was worried about fighting for a title in someone else's backyard, Christina stated modestly, "I think I can handle it."
In her last fight, on February 5th of this year, Christina traveled to the Johnson County Fairgrounds in Iowa City, IA, to face then undefeated and highly ranked prospect Emily Klinefelter (9-1, 3 KOs).
During the third stanza of their scheduled six round bout, Christina brutally knocked-out the hometown favorite with a devastating right hook.
After the hometown fighter was unresponsive to the count, Klinefelter had to be rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery to alleviate cranial bleeding and swelling.
"I was glad I won, but I felt bad it happened the way it did," stated the 25 year old fighter.
Ruiz is now looking forward to introducing her brand of power to a new crop of fight fans in New York City and hopefully opening some eyes to the high quality of female boxing.
"I'm so excited for this opportunity to show the world how great female boxing can be," emphatically states Ruiz. "My goal is to not just become world champion, but to open the door for other female boxers and to inspire girls everywhere to follow their dreams, because dreams do happen."
As charming and as lovely as Christina is, you would never suspect her to have thudding power and a serious mean streak in the ring; something she claims that was cultivated throughout her childhood.
"I used to fight a lot when I was younger," states Christina. "My Dad would have me put on the boxing gloves when I was young and have me fighting the boys in the backyard. I guess you could say that brawling with the boys was my introduction to boxing."
Trainer Emilio Ledezma feels that Ruiz will capture the gold this Saturday night because he is convinced that he is training a very special fighter.
"What makes Christina so special is that she not only has the natural God given talent, but she is always striving to get better and she is a great student of the fight game," claims the veteran trainer. "Not only does Christina have serious power, but she has the heart and mental toughness to become a world champion."
Christina Ruiz feels confident that she will indeed take home the WBC title by defeating ring veteran Alicia Ashley.
"I hear that she is a very slick boxer," claims the young Texas fighter. "Well, we're going to see how slick she really is. We'll see if she can avoid my power for the entire fight."
Trainer Emilio Ledezma feels that the age disparity will be a huge factor in this fight.
"My fighter is 18 years younger than Ashley," professes Ledezma. "She's going to have a hard time dealing with the constant pressure and staying away from my fighter for the entire fight. I like our chances this Saturday night."
Christina Ruiz feels supremely confident that she will be victorious and win her first world title.
"I've been working really hard for this, and come Saturday night, I will bring home the title and become the new WBC Super Bantamweight Women's Champion."
Support Christina Ruiz when she goes for the gold this Saturday night as she challenges Alicia "Slick" Ashley for the vacant WBC Super Bantamweight title at the "Knock Out Cancer" event being presented by Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing at the Hunts Point Produce Market to benefit the American Cancer Society.
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