VAN NUYS, Calif.– Rafael Ruelas has actually stayed retired because 1999, however the previous light-weight globe champ is the most up to date celebrity from the sporting activity that’s soured from resting on the sidelines.
The 49-year-old Ruelas (53-4, 41 KOs) informed BoxingScene.com in a meeting that he’s training for a comeback identified to come to be the earliest globe champ in boxing background.
Ruelas, the more youthful sibling of previous extremely lightweight champ Gabriel Ruelas (49-7, 24 KOs), is best recognized for combating and also shedding to Oscar De La Hoya using second-round ko in their light-weight marriage spell in 1995.
Since the Golden Kid has actually likewise introduced his comeback for a July 3 battle on Triller, Ruelas claimed he would certainly invite a rematch 26 years later on.
“I don’t want to do an exhibition. I’m in shape and pretty close to fighting condition. I took some time off, but I never abused my body. I’ve been training for quite a while,” claimedRuelas “I have actually currently taken every one of the tests from the boxing payment, and also I passed every one of them. That’s done. My important point was entering sparring. It’s a far better indication of exactly how I react or respond when I obtain struck with an excellent shot, and also not what the medical professional informs me. I was extra worried literally. However after some competing with young unbeaten boxers, I really feel great. It really did not dissuade me one little bit.
“I’m ready for anyone in the top 10. The guys that are fighting now, I’m not discouraged to fight them. I’m encouraged. I was not impressed by Ryan Garcia in his last fight … I’m not conceited or cocky. I’m confident.”
Ruelas was holding court at previous instructor Joe Goossen’s health club after a five-mile run previously in the early morning. He also took a short break from the meeting to display his hand rate on the bags close by. The Southern The golden state indigenous presently considers 150 extra pounds and also is looking at a return at either 135 or 140 extra pounds.
“Oscar has moved up in weight quite a bit, but absolutely [the result of the fight would be different in the rematch]. I’m older and see things differently,” claimedRuelas “I went right after him [in 1995]. I should have taken my time. My balance is so much better and my legs are so much stronger. I’m doing more running now than when I was boxing. It makes a big difference.”
Ruelas claimed he ran 1,000 miles from June with December in 2015 and also gets on speed for running 80 miles a month until now this year. He likewise runs marathons, sharing that his individual ideal time is 3 hrs and also 35 mins.
One obstacle for Ruelas’ comeback might be rejoining with his previous instructor.
“I’m trying to convince Joe to get back on board with me. We’d be a great team,” claimedRuelas “Hopefully I can do more sparring. He’s not so much for it, and I get it. If I were in his shoes I’d probably say the same thing.”
Goossen– that presently educates Chris Arreola and also Sergey Lipinets and also is an expert for PBC on FOX– claimed he requires even more details prior to he might devote to Ruelas.
“Guys marvel at him when he works out, but I’ve got questions that need to be answered. We need to have more discussions,” Goossen informed BoxingScene.com in a meeting. “Am I a big fan of senior boxing? No, I’m not. This is a young man’s sport. Your brain and body absorbs punishment easier when you’re a lot younger.”
Ruelas, a papa of 3, claimed his household isn’t completely aboard with his go back to the ring either however they still sustain his choice as he aims to damage Bernard Hopkins’ document as the earliest globe champ in boxing background.
“Originally they were skeptical about it but they’ve seen me spar and how I keep going,” he claimed. “If [older fighters] take good care of themselves mentally and physically and they pass all of the exams, why not? Give them a shot. It depends on the individual and what type of lifestyle they lived after retirement. I can tell you this — I’ve been cleaned my whole life. When you’re over 40, they test you even more. It was easier passing the tests now than when I was younger. I’m going to take any fight opportunity that presents itself.”
Manouk Akopyan is a sporting activities reporter, author and also program press reporter. He’s likewise a participant of the Boxing Writers Organization of America and also Mixed Martial Arts Reporters Organization. He can be gotten to on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and also YouTube at @ManoukAkopyan, using e-mail at manouk[dot] akopyan[at] gmail.com or on www.ManoukAkopyan.com