‘When I’m Sparring, He’s Screaming at Me’: Andy Ruiz Jr. Describes Training in Canelo’s Gym

Published 11/02/2021, 8:34 AM EDT
Andy Ruiz Jr. after losing the IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Championship belts to Anthony Joshua (not pictured) at the Diriyah Arena, Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Nick Potts/PA Images via Getty Images)


In summer 2019, the hardcore boxing enthusiasts saw a new name emerge as Andy Ruiz Jr.pulled off one of the greatest upsets of the sport by demolishing Anthony Joshua in a classic title fight. However, Ruiz Jr.’s success wasn’t long-lasting as he lost the rematch to the Briton. Post that, ‘Destroyer’ changed his trainer. He roped in Eddy Reynoso to help him for his fights.

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Recently, Ruiz Jr., who was in a conversation with Brian Custer, spoke about his time in Reynoso’s gym.

He said, “There’s just so many good fighters over here and I felt like I needed to do something different. I felt like I wasn’t doing my best and wasn’t learning more things than I should have been. But it wasn’t the trainer’s fault, it wasn’t nobody, it was just something that I wanted to do.” 

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In an additional statement, ‘Destroyer’ also shed some light on his time with Canelo Alvarez in the gym.

He gives everybody motivation because we all wanna be like him… When I’m sparring, he’s screaming at me, ‘F***ing train harder, you’ve gotta do things how I do.’ I can’t say nothing back because he’s the man,” said Ruiz Jr. (h/t Michael Benson)

Reynoso unquestionably has some of the best fighters under his wing, and Ruiz Jr. has a lot to learn from each of those technicians. He certainly showed some improvements against Chris Arreola as he held his own and avoided getting knocked out despite fighting at a lighter weight.

Has Andy Ruiz Jr. really improved under Eddy Reynoso’s wings?

Ruiz Jr. took only one fight after looping in Reynoso, and that was against Chris Arreola. In this fight, ‘Destroyer’ presented his transformed version.

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Although his boxing skills were on top, Ruiz Jr. still lacked his crucial knockout power, and that might have happened due to his extreme weight loss.

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Regardless of that, the Mexican-American fighter put on a show, and his shell guard defense was on the play. As a result, he won the fight and is on the right track after his December 2019 defeat.

What do you make of Ruiz Jr.’s above comments?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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