Evander Holyfield Beats John Ruiz After Controversial Decision, Becomes The Only Four-Time Heavyweight Champ – August 12, 2000 (This Day In Boxing History)
Over two decades ago Evander Holyfield did something that no one has yet to do –- win the heavyweight championship four times.
Holyfield (44-10, 29 KOs) defeated John Ruiz (44-9, 30 KOs) via unanimous decision in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ruiz disputed the outcome and called it a “robbery.”
“It was highway robbery without a gun,” Ruiz said. “I won the fight and he knows I won the fight.”
Judges Duane Ford and Dave Moretti gave the fight to Holyfield both with 114-113 while judge Fernando Viso handed the win 116-112.
The vacant heavyweight crown previously belonged to Lennox Lewis, but he was stripped of it, and it then belonged to Holyfield.
The August 12 meeting was the first of three matchups between Holyfield and Ruiz. The second bout went to Ruiz in a unanimous decision.
Holyfield, now 58, retired in 2014 and is ranked No. 77 on The Ring’s list of 100 greatest punchers of all time. He is also the first boxer to hold world titles in three different decades: 1980s, 1990s and 2000s.