Two-time WBA heavyweight champion John “The Quietman” Ruiz, the current WBA No. 1 rated and “official challenger,” has been matched against former IBU champion Adna “Aachen Assassin” Serin on the Nov. 7th Nikolai Valuev-David Haye pay-per-view event live from Nuremberg, Germany. Ruiz (43-8-1, 29 KOs), the first and only world heavyweight champion of Latino heritage, needs to defeat Serin (19-10-1, 7 KOs), a Turk who fights out of Germany, to earn a mandated WBA shot title against the Valuev-Haye winner early next year.
“I’m always happy to go to Germany,” Ruiz said. “The people there are great and they always treat me well. I’m really looking forward to this fight. I know no fight is easy and that I have to get past this one to get the winner of Valuev-Haye. That’s why I’m focused 100-percent on the November 7th fight. I know there’s another world title fight in the horizon for me, but I have to ready for this fight and win to get the next one.”
Ruiz-Serin is tentatively scheduled to be the opening bout on the live PPV show being distributed by Integrated Sports in the United States and Canada starting at 3 PM/ET – 12 PM/PT on both cable and satellite via iN Demand, DIRECTV, TVN, DISH Network, Viewer’s Choice, Shaw PPV and Bell TV for a suggested retail price of only $24.95. A replay will be shown that same night at 9 PM/ET, 6 PM/PT.
“It’s been a while since I last fought because of some things that were out of my control,” Ruiz noted. “I’m ready and have been training for three months. I’m very happy that this fight is going to be on pay per view in the United States. My fans haven’t been able to watch my last few fights and neither has the media. They think I still fight the same way (clutch-and-grab) because my fights haven’t been shown on television back in the states. I’m much more aggressive and now they will all be able to see how much I’ve improved with their own eyes.”
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