If I Had a Hamer

By Jarrett Zook on November 24, 2013
If I Had a Hamer
At this stage of his career, either Klitschko would massacre Ruiz. (Chris Farina/Top Rank)

Hamer-Ruiz could have been a good fight. In one corner you had Ruiz, a top-notch albeit flabby prospect. Despite his physique, Ruiz has proven to have very fast hands and a decent punch. The only question has to be if his apparent lack of conditioning. Going into this fight it appeared that Ruiz’s opponent, Tor Hamer, might be able to push the young prospect. Hamer certainly looks the part of heavyweight contender. He has a much more athletic physique than Ruiz and has some decent skills. Hamer’s resume includes a win in the prizefighter tournament over Kevin Johnson. But soon after that fight Hamer quit on his stool against decent but unspectacular heavyweight Vyacheslav Glazkov. Thus, his heart was a potential issue coming into the fight.

Unfortunately for fight fans, Hamer’s heart is no longer questionable an issue, but is in fact the issue. This fight played out almost like the Glazkov fight in that Hamer actually acquitted himself quit well for the first couple of rounds. He found Ruiz and was landing his right hand quite effectively. The first round was close, but Hamer outlanded Ruiz 19-18, while throwing only 45 punches compared to 58 for Ruiz. Hamer grew even stronger in the second round and after weathering a good right early it was pretty smooth sailing. Hamer landed a good right-left hook combo and seemed to dominate from the outside as long as he could maintain the necessary distance. Ruiz deserves credit for taking each punch well and continuing to move forward, cut the ring off, and apply pressure.

In the first two rounds, Hamer was more than holding his own and it looked like Ruiz was going to be tested. But at the start of the third, Ruiz began to dominate. His hand speed became more evident than ever. He was able to land virtually almost everything he threw including some good clubbing right. Hamer only seemed capable of backing up. 

While Hamer did lose the most one-sided round of the fight, it didn’t justify what was about to transpire. Instead of attempting to recuperate between rounds and listening to the advice of his trainers, he inexplicably quit—again. In boxing as in any other sport the participants are expected to battle past reasonable adversity. Hamer had a bad round and was outlanded by a wide margin, but he never seemed to be hurt or was even close to being knocked down. What makes matters worse is that this is the second time in four fights that he has quit. Hamer has a bachelor’s degree from Penn State and may lack the hunger and desperation that most fighters have. Whatever the reason, he has shown that he does not have the heart for boxing and should probably retire.

Sadly, this bout told us more about Hamer the quitter than it did about Ruiz the prospect. However, that is not to say that nothing was learned about Ruiz. The former Mexican Olympian showed that he can take a good shot and his hand speed is the real deal. But he is also a plodder with relatively slow feet. Additionally, his potential stamina issues remain a question. All in all, Ruiz has skills necessary to be a contender in today’s weak heavyweight division, but at this stage either Klitschko would massacre him. A fight with Chris Arreola or Tyson Fury might be entertaining, and if he continues to improve his conditioning, who knows what the limit on Ruiz is?

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  1. Ted 06:19pm, 11/27/2013

    About DiBella,  I never cotton to people who get laughs off the torment and misery of others and that’s what he did here. Kind of like Bill Maher, who’s entire shtick is devoted to the misery of others.

  2. Ted 06:15pm, 11/27/2013

    BK, No sweat mate. Just have different points of views. No one is ever right or wrong on subjective issues. Just different viewpoints.


  3. Ted 04:51pm, 11/27/2013

    Courage Thahababal

  4. Bk don 02:57pm, 11/27/2013

    Hey, Ted, I in know way meant to insult you but you do realize you’re in the minority in regards to your opinion. Not that it should effect how you think, but I think you would be hard pressed to find another quality fighter who quite under similar circumstances, w/o some kind of injury factoring in. If you can think of any I would love to hear the reason.

    Robert - Yeah, paulie wouln’t agree with me but I never saw the substance to his gripes. He’s overachieved in his career. If you ask anyone what his one signature victory is I think most people would be hard pressed to come up with one. He’s fought some of the best and has been competitive with most but for him to think he should be some kind of superstar is hard to believe.  Sergio is well off. He might not be rich, but he’s been a HBO main event staple for the last few years and he made a couple of million off the Chavez Jr ppv fight, which Dibella certainly help him get. Unfortunately for him he just learned english recently and he’s from argentina not mexico or PR, where he would have a built in fan base. There are only 5 or 6 fighters who could be a side A in a main event in 2013. Three of them are Mexican (Canelo, Marquez & Chavez Jr) one is Puerto Rican (Cotto) & the other is Mayweather.

  5. Robert Ecksel 01:24pm, 11/27/2013

    bk don—I don’t want to pick on DiBella. But if you had asked Malignaggi a few years ago if his former promoter ever threw any of his fighters under the bus, what do you think Paulie’s answer would be? Martinez is a more nuanced matter. Given all the accolades, Fighter of the Year, Knockout of the Year, pound-for-pound, etc., in addition to his intelligence, good looks, social conscience, and fan-friendly style, Sergio should be rich and famous and he is neither. He has always been a relatively minor attraction. That’s not his doing. A promoter is supposed to promote.

  6. Ted 01:17pm, 11/27/2013

    BK, my argument is not absurd; it simply is another point of view.

  7. bk don 12:15pm, 11/27/2013

    TED! I respectfully strongly disagree with you. To compare the fight that Hamer was in w/the fight that Mago was in is absurd. I was ringside for Mago and i thought he was taking a frightful beating. I had friends who were watching it at home text me about how badly his face was swelling up and the kind of punishment he was taking. Most people on twitter were tweeting similar themed messages. Hamer v Ruiz was nowhere near that kind of fight. Hamer didn’t take a quarter of the abuse to his body and head that Mago did. I don’t think i’ve ever seen a world class fighter quit after getting hit as few times as he did. If you don’t think Hamer quit in this fight, then you don’t think there’s such a thing as a boxer quitting in the ring b/c that was a guy giving up when he face some adversity.

    Robert- yeah, DiBella is unruly and he can be a loud, foul mouth jerk sometimes, but I’ve never seen him fire a fighter over twitter or throw one of his guys under the bus. You can say a lot about him, but you can’t say he doesn’t stand up for his fighters. Sergio Martinez is a prime example of that.

  8. Ted 08:21am, 11/27/2013

    The truth is that if Mago had told his corner he didn’t want to continue, many would have called him a “quitter”. You can’t have it both ways.


  9. Ted 07:56am, 11/27/2013

    BK Don, I never diss someone who tries to explore his boundaries and that’s what Tor did. That he found them too tight in plain sight is tragic. I stand firm on my views on this.

    As for DiBella’s disgraceful act, if that makes him feel more manly, go for it but I have never been one to pile on or bully others in public—at least I try not to.  I do my thang in private.

  10. Procopy 11:41pm, 11/26/2013

    I wonder what would happen to the ring if Ruiz gets knocked down :)

  11. Robert Ecksel 07:54pm, 11/26/2013

    I’m not sure that evoking unruly Lou DiBella does much to bolster your argument.

  12. BK Don 07:29pm, 11/26/2013

    “Compassion!” Come on Ted. His own promoter threw him under the bus after that embarrassment. No man should have to lose his life in the ring too many guys take more punishment than they need to, However, if you’re afraid to get punched in the face and/or stomach then you need to find another job. Hamer discovered that he was in the ring with a guy who was going to fight back and not lay down so he decided to call it day.

  13. Jarrett 09:37pm, 11/25/2013

    I think you’re being a little hard on Ruiz there Darrell. The heavyweight division is in a very sad state right now and it doesn’t take much at all to be in the top 100 these days. The fact of the matter is that he is well within the 50 heavyweights and that’s no debate (15 according to boxrec…that’s too high for sure). He beat a guy who beat a guy who lasted a full 12 rounds with Vitali in Kevin Johnson. Albeit that victory was in the prizefighter tournament. In addition to that Ruiz has good amateur pedigree. There is no doubt that he is way overweight right now, but there have been top 10 contenders in the past with similiar physiques. For example, look at Tony Galento, Buster Mathis, or even James Toney. Arreola himself is no Adonis and he was able to destroy Mitchell so easily due to Mitchell being such a chinny fighter. Ruiz may not beat Arreola at this stage, but I bet he’d put up a much much better showing than Mitchell.

  14. Darrell 08:08pm, 11/25/2013

    This kid wouldn’t be in the top 100 ranked heavyweights, surely.  He’s about tough man competition level.  If Arreola thought Mitchell wasn’t much chop he’d surely be gravely insulted to hear his name connected, even in the vague sense of this article, to this guy.  This fat fuck would be chopped liver to any halfway serious contender.

  15. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 09:38am, 11/25/2013

    No way I’m going to condemn here…only thing is these things have a way of sticking with you for years and years…...which reminds me….I posted to John Coiley, the ultimate warrior who was literally life and death with Tony Licata, that when I was totally gassed and got clocked in my last amateur bout (55 years ago)....I pretended that I didn’t know how many fingers the ref was holding up. I’m paraphrasing now, but in so many words he posted to me that I needed to move on because in this life we all learn, grow and evolve…coming from him it was like being absolved by a priest.

  16. Mike Casey 09:21am, 11/25/2013

    This is the state of the heavyweight division now. Christ….

  17. Ted 08:23pm, 11/24/2013

    In a way, I think compassion is needed in a situation like this. He went to London and won a Prize Fighter. Maybe he needs to do that again. But he had some decent wins. I feel for him. I wish him well.

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