John Ruiz Park Opening Featured in Boston Globe
John Ruiz Park honors Chelsea-bred champ boxer
By Lorenzo Recupero
Boston Globe JULY 31, 2014 (Full Article)
There will be no standing eight count. John Ruiz Park, honoring the former World Boxing Association heavyweight champ, is done. The park at the corner of Blossom Street and Washington Avenue in the knockout artist’s native Chelsea was unveiled this week. “I’m honored for myself and my family,” said Ruiz, 42, who was joined by his family and several city and state officials, including City Manager Jay Ash. “Winning the championship is one thing, but the support from the city itself is even better and I will never forget that.” The park, the first in Chelsea named for a Latino resident, has a fitness theme, with stationary exercise equipment, a rock-climbing sculpture, picnic area, and a water fountain. “As much as we all recognize John’s accomplishments in the ring, this park means more than just what John accomplished in his profession,” said Ash. “Dedicating it to John is about how people can act through success and return back and give back to the community.” In 18 years as a pro, Ruiz won 44 fights with 30 knockouts. The vanquished included Evander Holyfield, Hasim Rahman, Tony Tucker, and Andrew Golota.