Where Does Andy Ruiz Jr. Train?: Sparring Partners, Trainer, and Gym

Published 04/26/2021, 3:00 PM EDT
Andy Ruiz Jr. (left) with Omar Khalil, Managing Partner of Skill Challenge 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)


The first-ever Mexican heavyweight champion, Andy Ruiz Jr. is undoubtedly one of the elites in the active roster. He is the only man to have defeated the unified champion Anthony Joshua, and looking for a way back to glory, he is still relevant in the ongoing title ride.

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Meanwhile, ‘The Destroyer’ has introduced some serious changes in his lifestyle and regime. He is no longer the overweight hard-hitter. But now Ruiz Jr. appears to have peaked his physical attributes alongside his impeccable boxing skills.

The 31-year-old has also shifted his camp from Manny Robles to Eddy Reynoso. Hence. Andy Ruiz Jr. is now under the guidance of one of the greatest boxing trainers of all time. Moreover, he shares the gym with several other legendary boxers. Here’s a look into Andy Ruiz Jr’s new gym and how his life has been there.

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The heavyweight pugilist has undergone a massive weight change and is donning a perfect fighting shape at this stage. This sheer transformation can help him move faster and quicker. Thus, his hard-hitting fists can be more prominent with a fast-paced body.

While Ruiz Jr. had every ability to become the elite knockout artist, Eddy Reynoso can add defensive skills under the belt. So, it will put one more armor into the Mexican’s arsenal. Also, Reynoso’s gym is full of elite fighters like Ryan Garcia and Canelo Alvarez. So, Ruiz Jr. is living the life of a champion amongst the champions.

Andy Ruiz Jr. and Canelo Alvarez- The New Bromance

‘The Destroyer;’ has revealed texting Alvarez after the defeat against Anthony Joshua. Now they are training partners, and Ruiz Jr. seems to have learned a lot from the P4P king. Starting from shoulder rolls to uppercuts, the heavyweight boxer is now aware of Alvarez’s tactics. If he puts them to use, Ruiz Jr. can rightfully become the heavyweight champion again.

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Apart from that, WBC Interim 135 lbs champion Ryan Garcia and WBC 130 lbs champion Oscar Valdez also train alongside Ruiz Jr. Thus, the heavyweight boxer doesn’t seem to have a deficit if championship advice at the Team Canelo gym.

While Ruiz Jr. is looking forward to his first fight under Reynoso’s guidance, he can be another elite-level addition to the stellar roster of Canelo Alvarez.

Do you think Andy Ruiz Jr. can become a champion with Eddy Reynoso as his head coach?

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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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