Andy Ruiz Jr. Opens up on His Relationship With Ex-Coach Manny Robles Following Their Split

Published 02/22/2021, 9:00 AM EST
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)


Former unified champion, Andy Ruiz Jr., has parted ways with Manny Robles to shelter himself under Eddy Reynoso’s stable, after a defeat against Anthony Joshua in 2019. However, the Mexican is still on good terms with his ex-trainer.

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Ruiz Jr. became the first Mexican ever to boast of the heavyweight titles. That said, he also became the first man to vanquish Anthony Joshua, and all of it came under the guidance of Robles. Hence, it wasn’t easy for ‘The Destroyer’ to shift his training camp, especially when he has so much love and respect for Robles.

Andy Ruiz Jr. connected with The Fighter’s Voice to open up on his current relationship with the ex-trainer. Moreover, he expressed his desire to open a new promotion and guide his boxers to Robles.

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“It was hard you know, it wasn’t just my change, it was the whole team change you know, I know Manny Robles talked a lot after the fight, I still have so much love for him and we still keep in touch.

So there’s no grudges or nothing like that. If anytime, I start my promotion company, I am gonna bring my fighters to him. So we could all work together,” said ‘The Destroyer.

He added, “I have love for everybody man that helped me to get to my journey and he (Manny Robles) was a big part of my journey.”

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There’s no denying that Robles had transitioned Ruiz Jr. into a prime heavyweight. Though they bagged several victories alongside each other, the one in June 2019 would have been the sweetest.

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On short notice, Ruiz Jr. entered the ring as an underdog against the mighty Anthony Joshua in June 2019. ‘AJ’ was the unified titleholder with an unbeaten record back then. However, Ruiz Jr. turned the tables inside the ring.

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Despite being floored by ‘AJ’ in the third round, Ruiz Jr. got back to his feet and returned the favor by landing sleek shots. It became fruitful as ‘Destroyer’ got a crack at Joshua and took him out via TKO. It was a big win for him, and Robles saw the entire incident from ringside.

That said, both Robles and Ruiz Jr. wish each other and they can possibly reunite again, somewhere down the line.

What did you make of Andy Ruiz Jr.’s split with Manny Robles?

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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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