Ruiz’s Former Trainer Gives A Warning To Reynoso
When Andy Ruiz Jr. beat Anthony Joshua to become world heavyweight champion, he was on cloud nine. Reality came crashing down fast, however, when it was revealed he did not train and was instead partying leading up to the rematch in Saudi Arabia. Ruiz’s former team decided to warm his new team about keeping him in check.
Ex-trainer Abel Sanchez spoke to Sky Sports about Ruiz teaming up with Eddy Reynoso, the trainer of Canelo Alvarez. He made it a point to state that the vices that caught Ruiz last time can’t repeat, and someone must look after him.
“Eddy Reynoso must keep him in the gym, make him work and get rid of the baggage around him (the people that surround him and allow him to do things that he must not do),” Sanchez stated.
Ruiz (32-2) shocked the world when he beat Joshua for the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO Heavyweight Titles inside Madison Square Garden back in June. In the rematch in December, Ruiz came into the fight at 283 pounds, more than when he weighed 268 in the first fight. Former trainer Manny Robles, who Ruiz distanced himself from, stated Ruiz apologized and pointed out that Ruiz lost his hunger to fight during that time.
Sanchez was upset over Ruiz not taking things seriously and stated some of his prior attitude problems could translate to Canelo’s camp.
“I’m not there to babysit, I am there to coach and develop you if you are willing to listen,” Sanchez went on to say. “You can’t develop someone who doesn’t want to try anything… He lacks in desire. He doesn’t want to do things. He finds an excuse not to do something.
“That’s a shame because he could do great things.”
Back down to earth, it is up to Ruiz to get back to being one of the top figures in boxing. Is Reynoso the one that can help him out?