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“He Was a Different Person Overnight” – Manny Robles Reveals What Went Wrong With Andy Ruiz Jr.

Published 05/16/2020, 8:21 AM EDT

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After losing to Anthony Joshua, Andy Ruiz Jr. came under heavy fire because of his work ethics. Is discipline the greatest enemy of the Mexican boxer?

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In June 2019, Ruiz pulled off a major upset in the sport when he halted Anthony Joshua’s undefeated streak. Ruiz knocked down AJ four times in the fight and eventually TKOed him in the seventh.

Not only did he defeat the undefeated but he also became the first Mexican heavyweight champion of the world. Ruiz claimed the IBF, IBO, WBA, and WBO heavyweight titles.


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But his success was short-lived. Within a few months, Joshua defeated Ruiz in a 12 round unanimous decision. So what changed from June to December?

According to Ruiz’s former coach Manny Robles, he partied for two months straight and was late for the training camp. The Mexican weighed in at 283.7 lbs before the fight and appeared to be sluggish.

Manny Robles talks about Andy Ruiz

“I’ve never had to depend on one boxer, I have a good stable of fighters and I’m lucky to be able to do what I do which is coach and be in boxing. I wish Andy nothing but the best, I understand he’s now training with Eddy Reynoso, I think that’s a good choice for Andy,” Robles told Chris Mannix during their “From The Corner” interview.

“Bottom line is that it’s down to the fighter and he’s got to want it. Again, it’s down to accountability – fighters have to hold themselves accountable. We as coaches get them ready, train them and prepare them mentally and physically but if the fighter isn’t there what can you do?”


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“A fighter has to want it, and Andy has everything to get back into title contention again.”


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“I said before the June fight with Anthony Joshua that he had what it took to be champion when no-one believed me, and I wasn’t wrong. Unfortunately, after June 1 everything changed, he was a different person overnight.”

Unfortunately, this is not the first coach that made such comments about Andy’s discipline. Able Sanchez, who briefly worked for Ruiz in 2016, made similar comments about the former champion’s discipline.


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He said that Ruiz requires special attention. And the people who hang around him must be removed. He also stated that Ruiz is lazy and lacks desire. Read the full story below.

“I Am Not There To Baby Sit”- Former Coach Issues Fiery Response To Andy Ruiz Jr Changing Camps

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