Ruiz stops Adams in fourth round

Updated: February 19, 2010, 11:38 PM ET
Associated Press

MIAMI -- Edel Ruiz stopped former WBA super-bantamweight champion Clarence "Bones" Adams in the fourth round Friday night in a featherweight fight.

Ruiz, from Mexico, stunned Adams with a straight right to the head in the closing seconds of the third round, with Adams immediately clinching to avoid followup shots.

Ruiz remained the aggressor in the fourth and connected with combinations to the head, trapping Adams on the ropes. With the ropes keeping Adams from hitting the canvas, referee Frank Santore ruled a knockdown.

The fight resumed after Adams took an eight-count, but Adams could not evade Ruiz's aggression. Another right to the head floored Adams for the round's second knockdown.

Despite reaching his feet, a dazed Adams (44-7-4) again was defenseless for Ruiz's next power shots. Santore finally stopped the fight at 1:55 of the round after Ruiz (34-22-4, 25 KOs) landed another flurry of combinations.

The victory earned Ruiz a regional featherweight title.

Adams, originally from Virginia Beach, Va., and now living in Vero Beach, held the WBA 122-pound title from 2000 to 2001.

Ruiz weighed the featherweight limit of 126 pounds, a pound more than Adams.


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