Returning from a 14-year layoff may not have been such a good idea for 51 year-old heavyweight Donovan ‘Razor’ Ruddock following a bad knockout defeat against Dillon Carman at the weekend.
Ruddock, riding back-to-back wins since his revival, was hoping to regain the Canadian title he claimed in his initial retirement fight way back in 2001, but looked an aged fighter against Carman.
The Jamaica-born Canadian was hurt in the third and took a knee, although was on highly questionable legs when assuring referee Mark Simmons that he was okay to continue.
That led to another barrage of punches from Carman, the last of which completely took the bottom half away from Ruddock as he crashed to the canvas out of it.
Simmons didn’t even have to begin the count, let alone reach six before waving it off, as Ruddock was down for the count and more as stunned fans watch on at the Ricoh Coliseum.
On Friday’s evidence, Ruddock needs to step away for good before he gets hurt badly, and if he does talk about fighting again in the future, somebody should pull out the recording of this fight just to keep the veteran safely retired.