Former Trainer Still Giving Valuable Lessons to Andy Ruiz Jr. – ‘Time Doesn’t Forgive’

Published 12/05/2020, 7:00 AM EST
Andy Ruiz Jr. with a cut above his left eye during his fight against Anthony Joshua in their IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Championship contest at the Diriyah Arena, Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Nick Potts/PA Images via Getty Images)


Andy Ruiz Jr. shocked the world when he knocked out Anthony Joshua in their original contest in July 2019 to become the unified heavyweight champion.

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He entered the ring as an underdog on a high margin, but departed with the golden belts around his waist. However, he lost them in the rematch in December and has been inactive since then. This huge-layoff can eventually affect his upcoming fights. At least that’s what his former trainer Manny Robles believes.

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Robles had trained Andy Ruiz Jr. for the championship victory against Joshua. Although he is no longer the Mexican’s guide, Robles believes he can become the champion again. The veteran trainer connected with Against The Ropes Podcast to shed light o Ruiz Jr.’s inactivity and his chances of donning the world titles in the future.

He said, “The thing is he (Andy Ruiz Jr.) has got to fight. If he is not fighting, then it’s hard, it’s hard to give an opinion. He is already going on a year on not fighting, and the worst thing that you can do to a fighter is not keep him busy. You know, time doesn’t forgive.”

Robles continued, “Everything catches up to you. If you are not busy, if you are not fighting, if you are not in the gym, then it’s hard. It’s hard to say, but I definitely believe that Andy has the goods to become a champion. But he has gotta want it.”

While Ruiz Jr. continues to stay away from the headlines, here’s what’s next for him.

Andy Ruiz Jr.–The upcoming journey

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‘The Destroyer’ boasts of a pro record of 33 wins and 2 losses. He is an elite heavyweight who has never been knocked out in his professional career.

He has also been a world champion and is already in the history books for registering one of the biggest upsets in heavyweight boxing. Although his last fight against Joshua doomed him back to the losing side, Ruiz Jr. is still relevant in the title competition.

DIRIYAH, SAUDI ARABIA – DECEMBER 07: Andy Ruiz Jr punches Anthony Joshua during the IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Title Fight between Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua during the Matchroom Boxing ‘Clash on the Dunes’ show at the Diriyah Season on December 07, 2019 in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

He wants to face Dillian Whyte. Furthermore, like almost every other heavyweight contender, he is just one win away from bagging another title shot. If he gets the victory, we can see ‘The Destroyer’ rise back to the status of title challenger soon.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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