Chelsea to recognize former boxing champ John Ruiz

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The Chelsea City Council, on the recommendation of city manager Jay Ash, recently approved a motion to name the city’s newest park after ex-heavyweight champ and Chelsea native John Ruiz, which will have a plaque in his honor.

John Ruiz Park will be at the intersection of Bloomingdale Street and Washington Avenue. The parcel of land was acquired by the city through tax title. Construction on the site is to begin in the fall and will wrap up in June of 2014.

Ruiz, who became the first Latino heavyweight champ after dispatching Evander Holyfield in their second of three bouts, March 3, 2001, now also will be the first Latino resident in Chelsea’s history to have a park in his name.

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