Boxing News At Five | Jan 23 2020

Boxing News at Five: Ruiz Jnr splits from Robles, Usyk lines up warm-up fight ahead of Joshua shot

Andy Ruiz Jnr splits from trainer Manny Robles following Anthony Joshua defeat, and Oleksandr Usyk contemplates taking a warm-up fight
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Andy Ruiz Jnr and trainer Manny Robles (Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing)

IT seemed an inevitability the moment Manny Robles told Andy Ruiz Jnr what he thought of his preparation ahead of a December 7 rematch with Anthony Joshua, but now it’s official: Ruiz and Robles are a team no more.

There have been rumours for weeks now that the two have been moving in separate circles since the Joshua defeat and Robles even admitted he has yet to speak to the former heavyweight champion since leaving Saudi Arabia. Well, it has all now come to a head and Robles is a goner.

“I’ve seen it coming, I’ll be honest with you,” Robles told ESPN. “Andy was just doing whatever the hell he wanted to do. The dad, obviously with him being the manager, he just had no control over his son. None of us had control of him, for that matter.