Robles On Ruiz’s Weight On Road To Rematch
Following a world tour similar to Riddick Bowe’s victory lap in the early 1990s, Andy Ruiz Jr’s trainer Manny Robles knows there is a long road ahead to get him ready for his rematch against Anthony Joshua.
“We’re working on getting back together this week. I was hoping it would be [Monday] but it wasn’t, so we’re definitely working on that right now,” Robles said to ESPN. “We didn’t have a training session [Monday], but we’re scheduled to start training this week.”
While Ruiz is in a public battle with Joshua and his promoter Eddie Hearn over the location of their December clash, Robles is more focused on where he and Ruiz will set up camp for the next few months.
“We have to figure out if I should drive over to Imperial and get things going there or if he’ll come to [Los Angeles],” Robles said. “We might start training here in L.A. and then move our training to either Big Bear [Lake, California] or maybe somewhere in Mexico, maybe the Otomi [a mountainous region outside of Mexico City] or maybe the mountains in Jalisco, but definitely in the mountains, at altitude.
“We’ll get things going. We got more than enough time to get ready for December.”
“If I could make the decision as far as where the fight would be I would say here in L.A. or [Las] Vegas, but it’s not up to me,” Robles said of where he’d like the rematch. “It’s up to the promoters, Mr. Eddie Hearn and [Ruiz adviser] Al Haymon to sit down and decide where and when. That has absolutely nothing to do with me. My job is just to get the fighter ready.
“But the first fight was in New York and the second fight was supposed to be in New York, or in England or Wales. But now all of a sudden it’s in Saudi Arabia, which I’m not 100 percent sold on. But it is what it is. Like I said, my job is to get my guy ready and soon as I have him back in the gym I’ll be able to make an assessment as to where he is physically, mentally, and then take it from there.”
“He’s not in great shape, but he’s hitting the gym back home in Imperial. He’s running the treadmill, but obviously we haven’t fully begun training camp,” Robles said of where the world champion is at four months away from his return to the ring.
“Once we do we have [close to] four months to get ready for a fight. That’s enough time to get him in shape. Let’s hope we can get him back in the gym real soon and get him going again.
“Obviously, we have questions about the commission and who will oversee the fight since we understand there’s no athletic commission there,” he said on if the fight takes place in Saudi Arabia. “We want to know about drug testing. So these are simple questions that deserve answers. We shall see.”