Excitement mounts as Rumble in the Sun brings fistic fury to Jamaica
In a historic move, iconic two-time Jamaican-Canadian heavyweight champion Donovan “Razor” Ruddock and International Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee James “Lights Out” Toney make an epic return to the boxing ring to face off in one of the greatest matchups Jamaica and the world has ever seen at the groundbreaking Rumble in the Sun legacy competitive match this Saturday.
The fistic fiesta goes down inside Kingston’s National Indoor Sports Centre and will include an equally exciting undercard of talented local boxers, a world-class performance by Grammy Award-winning Beenie Man and a special guest appearance by combat sports commentator and entrepreneur Amir Tyson, son of “Iron Mike” Tyson.
“With each passing day, the anticipation and excitement about Rumble in the Sun grows stronger,” says Ruddock. “I am thrilled to have James Toney join me in realising my lifelong dream of fighting against a noteworthy opponent such as him in my beloved Jamaica.”
Turning pro at age 19, former Ontario junior boxing champion Ruddock’s impressive 20-year career consists of 47 professional fights, including 40 wins, six losses and one draw — a run is highlighted by historic amateur wins over Lennox Lewis, and show-stopping victories over Ken Lakustra, James “Bonecrusher” Smith, Greg Page and Mike Dokes.
He fearlessly battled Mike Tyson in two famed matchups where in one instance, despite sustaining a broken jaw in the third round, he fought the remaining nine rounds. Razor Ruddock is ranked on The Ring magazine’s “100 Greatest Punchers of All-Time” list.
Rumble in the Sun marks the first time “The Smash” left-hook fighter competes in a boxing match in his birthplace of Jamaica.
In 1991 and 2003, James “Lights Out” Toney was named Fighter of the Year by the Boxing Writers Association of America and The Ring, which also ranked him in the “10 best middleweight title holders of the last 50 years”. Using his throwback boxing style, which consists of frequent head movement and shoulder rolls to avoid opponent punches and advanced ring IQ, Toney has garnered 18 world championships in five weight classes and the 2005 world heavyweight title.
Since turning pro at age 20, he has competed in 92 fights, including 77 wins, 10 losses, and three draws, and achieved 47 knockouts. In 2017, through a unanimous vote, he defeated Mike Sheppard and won the WBF heavyweight title.
“I am coming back to the ring with the same fire I had when I knocked out fighters like Matt Legg, Evander Holyfield, Matthew Greer, Hasim Rahman, and Courtney Butler,” says Toney. “This fight between Razor and I is history in the making by two of the baddest boxers of all time.”
Equally exciting as the main card matchup are the undercard matches including Nico Yeyo vs Kevin “Buss Boy” Hylton; Richard “Frog” Holmes vs José Augstin Julio; Donovan “The Real Prince” Ruddock Jr vs Juezier “Ironman” Heron; “Abel “Zorro” Mendoza vs Aristides Perez, and Jermaine “Silverback” Bowen vs Tsetsi Davis.
Rumble in the Sun is produced by Kleopatra Ruddock, CEO of Red Ground Productions and proudly endorsed by the Jamaica Boxing Board and the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sports and is a partner in the Gloves Over Guns initiative.
In collaboration with celebrity attorney La’Shawn Thomas, CEO of the Miami Entertainment Law Group, Red Ground Productions has partnered with Fite by Triller to broadcast the fight live on pay-per-view cable and satellite networks.