Originally written on Pro Boxing Fans  |  Last updated 11/10/14

DUSSELDORF, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 18: Ruslan Chagaev of Uzbekistan celebrates after winning the WBA World Championship Heavyweight fight against John Ruiz of USA at the Burgwaechter Castello on November 18, 2006 in Dusseldorf, Germany. (Photo by Vladimir Rys/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Two-time World Boxing Association ("WBA") heavyweight champion John "The Quietman" Ruiz is the subject of a bi-lingual, children's book, Hooks & Jabs, which was written by Jose-Gabriel Almeida and illustrated by Jan Michaelsy. Ruiz, who is the first and only Hispanic Heavyweight Champion of the World, wanted to tell his story; detailing the overwhelming odds he conquered to become world champion, in order to inspire children, particularly Hispanics, at an early age. Ruiz has lived by the credo, "Follow Your Dreams," fighting his way out of a housing project in Chelsea, Massachusetts to capture one of the most prestigious individual awards in sports. "I wanted to give kids a sense that, if they believe in themselves, they can aim high and achieve their goals," Ruiz explained. "I wanted to send this message in a way that fascinated kids. I first pitched this idea to Gladys Rosa, a personal friend who has worked in public relations with some of the biggest names in bo...
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