Gabriel Ruelas

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Gabriel Ruelas
Real name Gabriel Ruelas
Rated at Featherweight
Height 5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Reach 69 in (175 cm)
Nationality Mexico Mexican
Born (1970-07-23) July 23, 1970 (age 44)
Yerbabuena, Jalisco, Mexico
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 56
Wins 49
Wins by KO 24
Losses 7

Gabriel Ruelas, (born on July 23, 1970 in Yerbabuena, Jalisco, Mexico),[1] is a former professional boxer.[2]


Ruelas turned pro in 1988 and in 1993 challenged WBC Super Featherweight Title holder Azumah Nelson, losing a close majority decision.[3] In 1994 he was able to capture the title by outpointing Jesse James Leija. He defended the belt twice, including an 11th round TKO of Jimmy Garcia of Colombia, who later died from his injuries.[4] Ruelas contemplated retirement after Garcia's death, however, he decided to continue, promising to donate some of his earnings to the Garcia family. Ruelas later reflected that he was never the same fighter following that incident.[5] His fight with Garcia was an undercard to his brother's (Rafael Ruelas) lost title fight with Oscar De La Hoya. Ruelas lost his title in a rematch to Nelson in 1995, via TKO in the 5th. In 1997 he took on hard hitting Arturo Gatti for the IBF Super Featherweight Title but was TKO'd in the 5th. The fifth round of this bout was chosen as Ring Magazine round of the year for 1997.

Ruelas retired in 2003 after losing to Courtney Burton. Gabriel's brother, Rafael (also a professional boxer) and relative Guillermo U. Ruelas, all attended Poly Technic High School in Sun Valley, California.


  • 2006 California Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee.


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Preceded by
Jesse James Leija
WBC Super Featherweight Champion
17 Sep 1994– 1 Dec 1995
Succeeded by
Azumah Nelson