The transcript below is from the video “The Punch That Terrified Everyone!” by BLTV Extra.

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Welcome back to quick hits here on BLTV extra on this series we take a break from our longer documentary-style videos to briefly recap a fighters career of note. On today’s video we turn the clock back to 1986 and scrutinize one of the hardest punching heavyweights of recent decades with the primary focus on the infamous smash punch that was unique to his own record. Dropping a like on the video will help us out a bunch so please consider it if you enjoy our content.

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You’re now the frightful power of Donovan Razor Ruddock. Ruddock was born in Saint Catherine Jamaica during the early 1960s, Jamaica was a tough country to grow up in in this era with the gangs and drug dealers more or less running the country they then smuggle the guns to Jamaica where they are used to control the neighborhood through violence intimidation and murder.

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In 1974 his parents made the conscious decision to move to Toronto Canada where Ruddock now a overgrown teenager joined a local boxing gym and took to the ring like a duck to water. As I’m sure many of you are aware Ruddock wasn’t the only young man learning his trade in Canada during this period, Britain’s own Lennox Lewis was also making waves as an amateur in the great white north and the two Jamaican descendants would go on to face each other in 1980, where Ruddock came to decision of the future Hall of Fame Legend.

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Most Fighters can only dream of scoring such a brutal knockout yet from 1986 to 1991 this was just another day in the office for Razor Ruddock. During a five-year period Donovan scored 16 consecutive knockouts each and everyone being set up by the ‘’SMASH’’. The punch today is closely resembled by the shovel hook a sort of uppercut / hook that is usually thrown to the body from the 45degree angle while keeping your elbows nice and tight to your head. Donovan was different for the fact he could throw the shot from any angle with his elbows at any distance and to top it off he was predominantly a headhunter it was entirely against the grain but that’s what made it so successful.

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Despite beating three former world champions Ruddock was struggling to get a title shot, Evander Holyfield looked the most likely to entertain the idea but changed his mind at the last minute and elected the more lucrative option and George Foreman, yet there was another man lingering around the division he wasn’t a world champion anymore, but still considered the very best in his category perhaps even pound for pound.

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Tyson needed a marquee win himself after suffering his first career loss to Buster Douglas, Ruddock was in the right place at the wrong time, or was he? On January 18th 1991 it was announced to the world that Mike Tyson would take on Donovan Razor Ruddock on showtime championship boxing. Ruddock was a respected contender at this time, but Mike didn’t seem too worried about Ruddock’s newly-found reputation. Harsh words but a true reflection of Tyson’s mindset at the time being a student of the sport Tyson knew precisely the danger the Jamaican posed yet nothing but a vicious knockout would add to his already illustrious profile, both men weighed in in terrific shape the world was ready for a toe to toe battle.

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Tyson came out like a man trying to make a statement he bashed around Ruddock and scored an early knock down although the referee Richard Steele should have seen there was nothing more than a slip trip in round 3 Tyson put his man down once again this time in clean fashion as he caught Ruddock with a nice right overhand, a Mike Tyson highlight reel is incomplete without that look of what the hell am I doing fighting this guy? Right across Ruddock’s face, however it’ll never tell the story of what actually happened in the fight.

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Ruddock finally found his range the smash was landing Tyson’s knees were buckling and Donovan was racking up the points round 6 was dominant for Ruddock with a few thudding shots on the bell ending with a shove and a disrespectful stare at the former champ in retrospect perhaps making him angry was the wrong decision as the next round would be the last and it wasn’t the Jamaican with he’s gloves on. There’s no doubt Ruddock was on his last legs but even Tyson admitted in the post-fight interview that the stoppage was premature. Steele wronged Ruddock once again and there was only one way to settle the score. I think you could argue in all 40 Tyson fights to this point Ruddock was his most robust victory which makes the rematch just three months later that much more admirable.

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So words were exchanged before the bout Tyson saying Tyson things however, these two knew there was never going to be a one-sided victory for either man. There was an undertone of respect amongst the trash talk before the first bell would ring the second time. To sum up the rematch in three words ALL OUT WAR. Tyson started stronger once again and floored Ruddock in both the second and third round identical to the first fight as Donovan laid on the canvas smiling, which he seemed to do far too often he kept the fact his jaw was broken to himself.

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Ruddock fought a further nine rounds with a busted jaw Tyson landed heavy shots at every moment, but was met with the smash before he could deliver the final blow. Ruddock had his moments but Tyson is an ATG for a reason, the brooklyn-born slugger proved his doubters wrong and earned the hardest points decision of his career. Tyson ended his post-fight interview saying Ruddock was a tough guy and would have a future which was sadly wrong for the fact Ruddock’s resilience would never be the same. After the Tyson clash Ruddock bounce back with back-to-back victories over Greg Page and Phil Jackson, Lennox Lewis was the next man to offer Ruddock a title shot, but completely wiped the floor with them ending any future high-profile bouts in the second round.

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For the remainder of his career, there were huge chunks of inactivity, Tommy Morrison sent him to another dimension in 1995, which put the final nail in his career coffin he did fight on much longer than expected only hanging up the gloves as recent as 2015 that isn’t how he should be remembered though Ruddock was a freak athlete the first generation of modern-day big man his punching power was on the elite spectrum if he had faced any other champion from 86 to 92 he would have held a championship belt I have no doubt.




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