Reynoso On Ruiz: ‘I Don’t Like Wasting Time’
With a new trainer, is Andy Ruiz Jr. expected to be hungrier than before? That is how Eddy Reynoso sees it.
Recently, Reynoso was hired to be Andy Ruiz’s new trainer after the latter parted ways with Manny Robles. Reynoso, who is also the trainer of Canelo Alvarez, is very adamant about fighters listening to him. He takes that to heart when training young competitors like Ryan Garcia. Speaking to Box Azteca, Reynoso stated what he expected from Ruiz right when they met with one another.
“I was really blunt. I like working with boxers who have discipline. I don’t like wasting time,” Reynoso stated, via Boxing Scene. “I didn’t like losing when I didn’t have my current level or a certain prestige and right now I have something to protect… something that cost me to get to where I am. I like working with disciplined people.”
Ruiz was on top of the world when he beat Anthony Joshua last June for the WBO, WBA, IBF, IBO Heavyweight Titles. Inside Madison Square Garden, Ruiz shocked Joshua by winning via TKO, knocking him down multiple times. In the rematch in December, Ruiz came into the fight at 283 pounds, more than when he weighed 268 in the first fight. He also admitted that he partied and didn’t take training seriously.
Following his departure, Robles, the second trainer Ruiz has gone through, made it clear that Ruiz was sorry for his actions. Ex-trainer Abel Sanchez warned Reynoso about keeping Ruiz in check following his one-sided defeat at the hands of Joshua. Reynoso has faith in Ruiz but will be keeping a close eye on him just in case.
“The only thing I asked him to do was to keep himself disciplined. I don’t know if he is an undisciplined boxer because he’s already been world champion,” Reynoso went on to say. “I think he can beat whoever he is in with… with a solid preparation combined with a good strategy and discipline. He already proved that he can beat one of the best boxers out there at that weight and I think he can beat anyone.”
It is unknown who Ruiz’s next opponent is. If he is serious about starting fresh, however, Reynoso may end up working with him right away.
Can you see the pairing of Ruiz and Reynoso working out well?