Legendary boxers Donovan ‘Razor’ Ruddock and James Toney are set to compete in an epic exhibition match in Kingston, Jamaica. Ruddock, the Jamaican-Canadian boxing Heavyweight Champion will return to his birthplace of Jamaica for the match-up against the International Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee and Champion, America’s James “Lights Out” Toney on Saturday, November 11, 2023, at the National Indoor Sports Centre. The bout was previously slated to take place at Sabina Park. The event will mark Ruddock’s first time competing in a boxing match in Jamaica. Grammy award winning Jamaican entertainer, Beenie Man, the ‘King of the Dancehall’ will also headline the nights entertainment.
Ruddock’s former primary school, Red Ground District Primary School, will be one of the main beneficiaries from proceeds of the match. “I wanted to do something for my school, my community and my country. Returning to the ring for such a huge fight will bring attention and much needed funds to a place I still consider home.” says Ruddock.
Noted as one of the 100 greatest punchers of all time due to his signature “smash,” an impression and hybrid left-hand punch, Ruddock has garnered knockout wins against former WBA heavyweight champions Michael Dokes and James “Bonecrusher” Smith and held the WBA inter-continental heavyweight title. In 1991, Ruddock battled against “Iron” Mike Tyson in two matches, one of which he fought nine rounds despite sustaining a broken jaw in round three.
Ruddock’s opponent James Toney has held “world champions in three weight classes” and was voted Fighter of the Year by the Boxing Writers Association of America in 1991 and 2003. Since becoming a professional boxer at age 20 and winning his first fight against Stephen Lee in October 1988, Toney has competed in 92 fights, including 77 wins and 47 knockouts. Toney returns to the ring after a six-year hiatus following his 2017 unanimous vote and win against Mike Sheppard.
Rumble In The Sun is endorsed by the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sports and by the Jamaican Boxing Board whose Gloves Over Guns initiative is set to benefit from part proceeds. “There are youth today using boxing as a platform for personal development, social support and community cohesion,” says Stephen “Bomber” Jones, Jamaica Boxing Board president. “Having them witness such an event will further cement in their minds boxing as a vehicle for the way forward.”
Rumble in the Sun will be broadcast on global sports and entertainment digital platform FITE by Triller live on pay-per-view, as well as via cable and satellite networks.
“Triller is extremely excited heading down the final stretch into the Rumble in the Sun with the phenomenal legends of Razor Ruddock and James Toney.” said David Tetreault, President of Triller Sports. “Working in lock step the Fight’s promoter Red Ground Productions has been an amazing experience and we look forward to a long-standing partnership into the future.”
For the latest information, visit the event website at www.rumbleinthesun.com.