In a gritty showdown this weekend in Miami, Florida, Lawrence Newton emerged victorious on Don King’s boxing card. Coming back after a two-year hiatus, Newton clinched his 16th win, maintaining an unblemished record of 16-0. His opponent, California’s Erick Ruiz (17-9-1), stepped in as a last-minute replacement, returning to the ring after a five-year gap. Ruiz put up a resilient fight, going the full distance with Newton.
The fight wasn’t without its dramatic moments. Newton absorbed a hefty blow from Ruiz early on but bounced back to secure the win. This fight was a deviation from the original plan, as Newton was set to fight Johnny Hollywood (8-2). The two fighters had been engaging in heated exchanges on social media in the lead-up to Newton’s scheduled fight.
Newton expressed confidence in beating Hollywood, while Hollywood, reflecting on Newton’s latest performance, regretted not accepting the fight, even on short notice. Hollywood critiqued Newton’s showing, labeling his punches as weak and lacking in power, rating his performance as a C minus. Following Newton’s fight, Hollywood renewed his challenge, eager to prove his mettle in a future bout.
The two fighters, both vying for supremacy in the 118th weight class division, might just have their showdown on Don King’s next boxing card in February.