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Ruddock Cleared in Theft of Ring

April 3, 1998

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) _ Heavyweight boxer Razor Ruddock was acquitted of charges he stole a $5,000 diamond ring from his ex-girlfriend by ripping it off her finger.

Following a three-day trial, the jury took less than an hour Thursday to find Ruddock innocent of charges he robbed Alexandra Williams at his home two years ago. The 6-foot-4 boxer said he simply took back what belonged to him.

``Razor felt all along that this was a bogus charge,″ said David Coven, the boxer’s lawyer.

Ruddock was in jail for more than a day because of the charges.

Williams, who used to live with Ruddock and had a child with him, said the boxer came up behind her, threw her down and ripped the ring off her finger. She said the robbery happened when she went to his home to get clothes for their child.

Ruddock’s lawyer disputed her account.

``She came in his house and took the ring from his jewelry box,″ Coven said. ``Razor said he opened her hand and took it back.″

Ruddock, who is Jamaican, was once one of the most feared fighters in his division, but his career was derailed by two tough losses to Mike Tyson and legal problems. He is training for a return to the ring.

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