Ruiz stops former super-bantamweight champ Adams

Edel Ruiz stopped former WBA super-bantamweight champion Clarence

“Bones” Adams in the fourth round Friday night in a featherweight

fight.

Ruiz, from Mexico, stunned Adams with a straight right to the

head in the closing seconds of the third round, with Adams

immediately clinching to avoid followup shots.

Ruiz remained the aggressor in the fourth and connected with

combinations to the head, trapping Adams on the ropes. With the

ropes keeping Adams from hitting the canvas, referee Frank Santore

ruled a knockdown.

The fight resumed after Adams took an eight-count, but Adams

could not evade Ruiz’s aggression. Another right to the head

floored Adams for the round’s second knockdown.

Despite reaching his feet, a dazed Adams (44-7-4) again was

defenseless for Ruiz’s next power shots. Santore finally stopped

the fight at 1:55 of the round after Ruiz (34-22-4, 25 KOs) landed

another flurry of combinations.

The victory earned Ruiz a regional featherweight title.

Adams, originally from Virginia Beach, Va., and now living in

Vero Beach, held the WBA 122-pound title from 2000 to 2001.

Ruiz weighed the featherweight limit of 126 pounds, a pound

more than Adams.