Ruiz Interested In Working With Reynoso
After drastically changing everything he knows about boxing, Andy Ruiz Jr. is looking for a clean slate.
The former WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO Heavyweight Champion parted ways with longtime trainer Manny Robles following his loss to Anthony Joshua back in December. One of the key aspects of a new trainer is a way to help him get back on top of the world. Ruiz (33-2) believes he can do that with one of the top trainers out there. He is currently looking into working with Eddy Reynoso, the trainer of Canelo Alvarez.
“We’re talking with Canelo’s team, I think that would be a good one for me to join if we go that way,” Ruiz told Sky Sports. “Right now there hasn’t been any contract signed, but I would like to go with Team Canelo.”
Following one of the biggest upsets in boxing history in which Ruiz shocked Joshua inside Madison Square Garden, Ruiz regressed. He did not train for the fight and was more interested in partying. Coming into the fight heavier than he has ever been, Joshua ran circles around him. Robles stated that Ruiz talked to him and apologized for his lack of preparation.
With Ruiz since 2016, Robles saw him progress after his loss to Joseph Parker. The two were a dynamic team until the fight in Saudi Arabia. That is where Robles saw something was off with Ruiz.
“The first three months after beating Joshua on June 1, I had very little communication with him,” Robles stated. “I was in the gym but he was at home, doing his own thing. I wasn’t able to see him or really talk to him.
“It was a lack of time in the gym, too many distractions, and not being focused like I expected him to be. So this is the result that you get.”
Robles wishes him nothing but the best. As for Reynoso, he has helped Canelo become one of the top middleweights in the world. He expressed interest in helping Ruiz out, previously telling ESPN, “It would also be an honour to work with the first heavyweight champion of Mexican descent.”