Haye beats RUIZ by TKO to retain Heavyweight title
MANCHESTER, England — David Haye successfully defended his WBA heavyweight title, knocking down John Ruiz four times Saturday before the challenger's corner stopped the fight in the ninth round.
Fighting in his home country, Haye sent Ruiz down twice in the first, including 30 seconds in.
Haye said he wants to unite the heavyweight belts. Between them, the Klitschkos, Vitali and Wladimir, hold the WBC and IBF titles and the minor WBO title.
So relaxed was Haye, 29, whose nickname is "Hayemaker," that before the fight, he spent the afternoon at Manchester United's soccer game against Chelsea.
"I felt I was really sharp," said Haye (24-1). "The crowd has been absolutely electric for me. There was a 20,000 capacity here with everyone screaming 'Hayemaker.' With performances like that, I'll keep the fans behind me."
Ruiz, 38, (44-9-1) previously held the WBA title twice.
Hopkins beats Jones: Bernard Hopkins won a unanimous 12-round decision over Roy Jones in Las Vegas. Judges scored the light heavyweight bout 117-110, 117-110 and 118-109. Hopkins, 45, (51-5-1) got revenge against Jones, 41, (54-7), who beat him by decision in 1993.
lightweight: Robert Guerrero, who in February vacated his IBF title to be with wife Casey during her struggle with leukemia, returns April 30 to face Roberto Arrieta (34-15-4). Guerrero (25-1-1) said his wife is "taking positive steps on the road to recovery."
Browns tackle pleads not guilty
Browns NT Shaun Rogers pleaded not guilty to a concealed weapons charge after authorities say he tried to carry a loaded handgun at a Cleveland airport Thursday. Rogers, 31, told police he forgot the gun was in his bag. His next court date has not been scheduled.
Bengals: RG Bobbie Williams is close to re-signing, Cincinnati's Enquirer reported. Last season, his 10th, he started every game and was part of a line that allowed 29 sacks (ninth fewest in the league).
Rowing: Cambridge overtook Oxford late to win the 156th Boat Race by 1½ lengths in London. Cambridge leads the series, which dates to 1829, 80-75 with one dead heat. Oxford had won the 4¼-mile race along the River Thames the previous two years.
Greyounds: Flying Coal City ($2.60) remained undefeated and Odd Inspector ($9.80) also won in third-round qualifying for the $100,000 Distance Classic at Derby Lane in St. Petersburg. Qualifying concludes Wednesday.
Don Jensen, Times correspondent; Times wires