Exciting Mexican Hugo Ruiz (31-1, 28) successfully defended his "Interim" WBA Bantamweight title for the 4th time by knocking out undeserving Nicaraguan Jean Sampson (12-2, 7) in the 9th round. Ruiz, who won the title in January 2011 (by winning a technical decision over Alvaro Perez) is now on an impressive 22 fight winning streak since the solitary reverse on his record back in 2007 to Enrique Quevedo (LTKO4).
Whilst I love watching Hugo Ruiz (who is flawed but has that sort of must power) I must question quite what the WBA were thinking by having Jean Sampson fighting for their title.
Samspon, who made his debut back in 2009 had opened his career with 11 straight wins including 2 controversial ones over Nicaraguan journeyman Rafael Castillo (who currently has a record of 5-12-3, 3), all of those fights taking place Sampson's native Nicaragua. Sampson's first fight outside of Nicaragua was in Panama against Venazuelan Yonfrez Parejo and not only was it the first title bout of Sampson's career but it was actually his first bout scheduled for more than 6 rounds. Parejo dominated Sampson taking a clear decision over 11 rounds for the WBA Fedelatin Bantamweight title. Following this loss Samspon managed to score just a single win, a DQ over 42 year old former Minimumweight and Light Flyweight champion Rosendo Alvarez, a fighter who hadn't been active in over 6 years!
It was hardly surprising that Sampson who simply didn't deserve his title fight didn't manage to defeat the very exciting Ruiz who has been developed very well so far in his career. Hopefully Ruiz manages to get a notable fight in the US in the next year or two and gets the chance to be seen by a much bigger audience than regularly gets to see him as he is out and out fun!