Posted by Wesley on Jun 23, 2011 under

I'm focused on fighting David Haye and then trying to unify the titles afterward. Right now, the Klitschkos don't want to fight anybody, so after beating Haye, I may have to…I can't hang around waiting for these guys to want to fight somebody…The Klitschkos have been there, but they handpick their opponents. I think Bernard Hopkins is moving up too, so maybe that's a name I could throw out there. He'll definitely fight anybody," stated former heavyweight champion John Ruiz as he talked about his upcoming clash with WBA heavyweight champion David Haye and much more. Check it out!

MJ: Tell us about your situation with the title shot versus David Haye.

JR: I'm glad they're giving me the opportunity again. I'm glad it's not versus Valuev. It's going to be a different face and hopefully it's going to be in England and not in Germany, where you could never get a decision. I'm happy to be going back over there; it's going to be my seventh time in England.

MJ: Is the fight official at this point? Do we have a date?

JR: They keep talking about April 3, but that's not yet for sure. They're talking about doing it in Manchester, but I don't know for sure where it will be.

MJ: How do you feel you match up against Haye?

JR: Well, I'm glad that it's a different style of fighter and he's more my height. The key part about fighting Haye is that the fight he lost was against a guy with the same style that I fight. If you come out and pressure the guy, you can get a win against Haye.  That's my key to the fight. He's more vulnerable to the way I fight, so I have a good chance.

MJ: How is training going?

JR: Everything is going well right now. We're hoping it gets announced soon so we can have a date in mind. Right now, I'm just taking it easy.

MJ: Any predictions for the fight with Haye?

JR: I'm not much of a prediction kind of guy, but at the same time, I feel good. I have a new promoter and a new trainer. I feel great; the best I've ever felt. I feel happy for myself with where I am in my life. Sometimes when you have that clear mind, you tend to fight better. I'm going to go in there and fight the best I can.

MJ: Can you tell us about how your style has evolved over time?

JR: At first, I was more of a boxer-puncher. After awhile, I became a brawler; but now, with Miguel Diaz and Richie Sandoval, they're bringing me back to my old style where I was more of a boxer-puncher.

MJ: After this title shot, how much longer do you plan on fighting?

JR: I'd definitely get out soon. I give myself two more years. Hopefully, everything will go well and I can do enough in those two years to become champion again and defend it. For me, I give myself two years and from there, I'll have to make a decision to move on with my life. I have a baby now and I want to spend more time with him. Hopefully, everything goes well.

MJ: What do you think about fighters like James Toney trying to make a crossover into MMA?

JR: You know, if it works for them, that's good. Sometimes, in the heavyweight division, nobody wants to fight anybody. Sometimes you have to move on to the people who want to fight. That's big now, the MMA. Everywhere you go, that's stuff people are talking about nowadays.

MJ: Is that a guy you'd ever want to rematch?

JR: For me, right now I'm focused on fighting David Haye and then trying to unify the titles afterward. Right now, the Klitschkos don't want to fight anybody, so after beating Haye, I may have to do that too because I can't hang around waiting for these guys to want to fight somebody.

MJ: So that's the fight you want next, with one of the Klitschkos?

JR: The Klitschkos have been there, but they handpick their opponents. I think Bernard Hopkins is moving up too, so maybe that's a name I could throw out there. He'll definitely fight anybody.

MJ: Do you think it's tougher fighting the big guys like the Klitschkos or the little guys like Roy Jones or Bernard Hopkins?

JR: You know, I definitely love fighting the taller guys.  I feel a lot more comfortable fighting the taller guys because there is only one way to fight them; one gameplan. That's going inside and working the body. 

MJ: If you were to win the title again, is there any chance you'd give Chris Arreola a title shot so that we can get the Mexico-Puerto Rico rivalry going at the heavyweight level?

JR: Actually, someone was talking to me about that. Golden Boy Promotions, they're from California and you have Chris Arreola, who is from the same area. That would definitely be a good fight.

MJ: Would you want to ever fight on the eve of the Puerto Rican parade in New York?

JR: I think there were some plans before, but they never went through. One of these days, it definitely would be a good time to fight. There are tons of Puerto Ricans in New York and Puerto Ricans from all over the world who come to the parade. It would be the perfect time.

MJ: Are there any losses from your career that you'd like to avenge?

JR: Of course the Tua fight. We tried to get that rematch, but we never got the opportunity. Maybe one day, we could. That's one fight that I would like to have redone. There were other ones that were close where I felt I got the win, but the judges called it the other way. 

MJ: Going back to the Klitschkos, how do you think the brothers compare to some of the great recent fighters like Lewis and Holyfield?

JR: I wouldn't quite put them on that level yet. Those guys were great champions. Holyfield was a warrior and he fought whoever was there. There's also Riddick Bowe and Mike Tyson; he fought everybody. These guys weren't scared; they were there to fight and that's what they did. Then the Klitschkos come in and if they feel like they're going to lose a fight, they'd rather just retire and then come back later on. That's their mentality; they'd rather take the easy fight and make the money. I wish I had that kind of lifestyle, taking easy fights and making a ton of money (laughing). But that's not what boxing is all about. It's about fighting the best out there and making sure that you take on everybody to prove to everyone that you're the best.

MJ: With all of this talk about drug testing, how do you feel about the current drug testing protocol in boxing?

JR: I think they need to change it because in reality, you get tested after the fight. People are doing their best to try and mask it and hope it's out of their system by the time they get tested. They definitely need something, maybe two or three weeks before the fight and after the fight, just to make sure that the guy is not doing any steroids or whatever.

MJ: Do you think they need blood testing?

JR: Probably because I think many people are trying to mask it with other things.

MJ: Once your career is said and done, how do you want to be remembered by boxing fans?

JR: For myself, I feel blessed and lucky. At the same time, I'm happy with my career. I know it's been up and down and there have been some things in my career I would love to change, but I'm happy. There's not too many people who can say they were two-time heavyweight champion, also the first Latino heavyweight champ. I'm happy with myself and I hope people can remember me in a positive way. That's all you can hope for.

MJ: Is there anything you'd like to say in closing to the FightHype.com fans?

JR: I want to say thank you to all the fans who have supported me through the years. It's been a long road, but it's not quite finished yet. I hope I can take this fight with Haye and put on a good show for them. Thank you for being there through those ups and downs.

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