John "Quietman" Ruiz

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Heavyweight Champion
World Boxing Association
Mr. Ruiz became boxingís first Hispanic heavyweight champion by defeating Evander Holyfield in March. The 12-round decision avenged a loss to Mr. Holyfield last year. Mr. Ruiz earned the North American Boxing Federationís Fighter of the Year award in 1997 and the World Boxing Associationís North American Boxer of the Year award in 1998.
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