Gabriel Ruelas

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Gabriel Ruelas
Statistics
Real nameGabriel Ruelas
Weight(s)Featherweight
Height5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Reach69 in (175 cm)
NationalityMexico Mexican
Born (1970-07-23) July 23, 1970 (age 48)
Yerbabuena, Jalisco, Mexico
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights56
Wins49
Wins by KO24
Losses7

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

Career[edit]

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.[6] 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's Round of the Year for 1997. The fight itself was also named "Fight of the Year" by the same magazine.

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.

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
56 fights 49 wins 7 losses
By knockout 24 4
By decision 25 3
Draws 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
56 Loss Courtney Burton TKO 2003-03-24 Cajun Dome, Lafayette, Louisiana, USA
55 Win Gene Vassar UD 2002-06-28 Farm Bureau Building, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
54 Win Lee Cargle UD 2002-05-22 Ameristar Casino, Kansas City, Missouri, USA
53 Win Pedro Garcia UD 2001-03-11 Feather Falls Casino, Oroville, California, USA
52 Loss Manuel Garnica MD 1999-10-03 Lady Luck Casino, Lula, Mississippi, USA
51 Win Jose Alfonso Rodriguez UD 1999-08-07 Miami, Florida, USA
50 Loss John Brown TKO 1998-10-24 Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
49 Win Troy Dorsey TKO 1998-07-11 Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, USA International Boxing Association Intercontinental lightweight title
48 Loss Arturo Gatti TKO 1997-10-04 Caesars Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA IBF World super featherweight title
47 Win James Crayton UD 1997-02-14 Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California, USA
46 Win Angelo Nunez TD 1996-09-16 Arizona Charlie's, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
45 Win Julio Cesar Herrera UD 1996-03-13 Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA
44 Loss Azumah Nelson TKO 1995-12-01 Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California, USA WBC World super featherweight title
43 Win Jimmy Garcia TKO 1995-05-06 Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA WBC World super featherweight title
42 Win Freddie Liberatore RTD 1995-01-28 MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA WBC World super featherweight title
41 Win Jesse James Leija UD 1994-09-17 MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA WBC World super featherweight title
40 Win Paris Alexander TKO 1994-05-20 Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA
39 Win Raul Hernandez TKO 1994-02-08 Country Club, Reseda, California, USA
38 Win Eduardo Jacques KO 1994-01-21 Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut, USA
37 Win Mike Grow TKO 1993-10-22 Boise State Pavilion, Boise, Idaho, USA
36 Win Ben Lopez TKO 1993-08-28 Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, USA
35 Loss Azumah Nelson MD 1993-02-20 Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico WBC World super featherweight title
34 Win Gabriel Castro UD 1992-09-29 Country Club, Reseda, California, USA
33 Win Ismael Diaz UD 1992-08-25 Country Club, Reseda, California, USA
32 Win Ditau Paul Molefyane MD 1992-06-27 Country Club, Reseda, California, USA
31 Win Raymundo Arce TKO 1992-05-26 Country Club, Reseda, California, USA
30 Win Moises Martinez TKO 1992-04-02 Reno-Sparks Convention Center, Reno, Nevada, USA
29 Win Tomas Valdez UD 1992-02-22 Sports Arena, San Diego, California, USA
28 Win Jorge Palomares UD 1992-01-30 Country Club, Reseda, California, USA NABF super featherweight title
27 Win Ascencion Lugo KO 1991-11-26 Country Club, Reseda, California, USA
26 Win Alvaro Bohorquez UD 1991-08-17 Sports Arena, San Diego, California, USA NABF super featherweight title
25 Win Aaron Lopez UD 1991-07-31 Country Club, Reseda, California, USA NABF super featherweight title
24 Win Eduardo Montoya KO 1991-06-25 Country Club, Reseda, California, USA
23 Win Pedro Mendoza UD 1991-06-01 Radisson Resort, Palm Springs, California, USA
22 Loss Jeff Franklin TKO 1990-04-14 Mirage Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
21 Win Leonardo Moreno UD 1990-03-08 Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, USA
20 Win Dana Roston KO 1990-02-27 Country Club, Reseda, California, USA
19 Win Arturo Hernandez TKO 1990-02-05 Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, USA
18 Win Javier Macias KO Javier Macias Country Club, Reseda, California, USA
17 Win Freddie Santos UD 1989-10-24 Country Club, Reseda, California, USA
16 Win Fred Hernandez UD 1989-09-26 Country Club, Reseda, California, USA
15 Win Abe Castro KO 1989-08-29 Country Club, Reseda, California, USA
14 Win Randy Reedy UD 1989-07-14 Riviera Club, Chicago, Illinois, USA
13 Win Francisco Pascasio TKO 1989-06-27 Country Club, Reseda, California, USA
12 Win Antonio Marin KO 1989-06-16 Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston, Texas, USA
11 Win Jorge Rodriguez UD 1989-05-30 Country Club, Reseda, California, USA
10 Win Mario Lozano UD 1989-04-25 Showboat Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
9 Win Josefino Suarez UD 1989-03-28 Showboat Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
8 Win Vicente Arias TKO 1989-02-14 Showboat Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
7 Win Martin Urias TKO 1989-01-17 Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
6 Win Alberto Almaguer KO 1988-12-09 Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
5 Win Juvenal Molina UD 1988-11-29 Country Club, Reseda, California, USA
4 Win Willie Garcia KO 1988-11-15 El Cortez Hotel, San Diego, California, USA
3 Win Jaime Morales KO 1988-10-14 Caesars Palace, Sports Pavilion, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
2 Win Tranquilino Martinez UD 1988-09-27 Country Club, Reseda, California, USA
1 Win Raul Martinez KO 1988-09-16 Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Honors[edit]

  • 2006 California Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gabriel y Rafael Ruelas recibirán homenaje por parte de Goosen Tutor Promotions" (in Spanish). Univision Deportes. Notimex. June 22, 2012. Archived from the original on September 12, 2014. Retrieved September 12, 2014.
  2. ^ Steve Springer (May 20, 1995). "Boxers' Fate: One Dead, One in Despair: Sports: Gabriel Ruelas was just doing his job. But it killed another fighter". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 13, 2017.
  3. ^ Steve Springer (December 2, 1995). "Ruelas Is KO'd by Nelson, Specter : Boxing: Champion loses his WBC title to 37-year-old challenger after "seeing" boxer who died after his previous fight". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 13, 2017.
  4. ^ Tom Friend (May 19, 1995). "BOXING: A Heart-Rending Vigil After Tragedy in the Ring; Ruelas, Boxer Who Inflicted Injury, Prays With Family of Garcia, Now Battling for His Life". New York Times. Retrieved August 13, 2017.
  5. ^ Steve Springer (October 31, 1998). "Haunting Memories Force Ruelas to Retire From Ring". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 13, 2017.
  6. ^ Vince Kowalick (January 22, 1997). "Ruelas' Return Tops Card at Country Club". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 13, 2017.

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