Archive for Thursday, October 8, 2009

John Ruiz to speak on Latino boxing Thursday

October 8, 2009


John Ruiz, the first world heavyweight boxing champion of Hispanic heritage, speaks on Latino boxing at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Sabatini Multicultural Resource Center as part of KU’s Hispanic Heritage Month activities.

Ruiz will discuss his Puerto Rican heritage and a boxing career that included a victory against Evander Holyfield in the World Boxing Association heavyweight title bout. Ruiz is now ranked No. 2 by the WBA and is the mandatory challenger for the winner of the Nikolai Valuev-David Haye title fight in November in Germany.

Robert Rodriguez, associate director of McNair Scholars Program and lecturer in Latin American studies at KU, and boxing author George Kimball, a Kansas alumnus, also will be a part of the program.

After the lectures, Ruiz will be available to pose for photographs and sign autographs. Rodriguez and Kimball will hold a book signing.

Ruiz authored “Regulation of Boxing: A History and Comparative Analysis of Policies Among American States.”

Kimball is the author of “Four Kings: Leonard, Hagler, Hearns, Duran and the Last Great Era of Boxing.”


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