The former Mexican Heavyweight World Champion, Andy Ruiz has fired his trainer Manny Robles who guided him to one of the biggest upsets in Heavyweight Boxing history.
Manny Robles, now a former head trainer of Andy Ruiz Jr. Has recently been celebrated for his championship ring strategy that leads Ruiz to his overpowering K.O. victory on June 1st 2019 against the then-undefeated World Champion Anthony Joshua.
Following Ruiz’s victory over Joshua the pair shared a ring once again in a contractual rematch in December which saw Ruiz lose his short-lived title as ‘Heavyweight Champion of the World’ in an underwhelming performance and unanimous points loss to Joshua.
Ruiz came in weighing 20st 3lbs for the rematch in Saudi Arabia, 15lbs heavier than the first fight.
There was a lot of controversy after Ruiz’s loss with him admitting in the post-fight press conference that he didn’t prepare properly for the rematch and that he hadn’t followed the advice of head trainer Robles.
In an interview with Sky Sports after the fight he said:
“I didn’t prepare how I should’ve and gained too much weight. He won and outboxed me but best believe if we do a third fight I’m going to get in the best shape of my life.”
Since the last fight Manny Robles has also voiced his concerns that Ruiz didn’t prepare properly for the fight despite his efforts and that he has not spoken with him since.
Robles spoke with ESPN breaking the news on Wednesday straight after he had a meeting with Ruiz’s Dad:
“I’ve seen it coming, I’ll be honest with you,” Robles said to ESPN late Wednesday night. “I’ve seen it coming during camp. I saw it coming. Andy was just doing whatever the hell he wanted to do. The dad, obviously with him being the manager, he just had no control over his son. None of us had control of him, for that matter.
“I really believed coming into the second fight that we were going to be able to do it again. But obviously, you can’t do that if the fighter isn’t there, if the fighter doesn’t want it. I did everything I could as a coach, as a teacher, as a friend, but again, as I said, if the fighter’s not there, what can I do?”
What’s next for Andy Ruiz Jr.?
Well, Robles also said he was told by Ruiz’s father that it was adviser Al Haymon’s decision to replace him, so who will take the place of Manny Robles as Ruiz’s head trainer? Recent rumors are circulating that it may be world-renowned trainer Teddy Atlas who has previously trained big names such as Timothy Bradley, Shannon Briggs, Alexander Povetkin and even Mike Tyson while he was an amateur + many more…
Whoever Ruiz and his team choose we would expect to hear about it soon as Ruiz will need to prove that he can still contend with the other Heavyweight elite, we already know from online interviews with Eddie Hearn mentioning that he has made a sizable offer to Ruiz for him to fight Dillian Whyte, who has been #1 in the WBC rankings for over 800 days now on either the 25th April or May 2nd this year.
Should Ruiz have split with Manny Robles, who would you like to see him fight this year?
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