Feature | Highlight 2 | Issue | Premium | Dec 01 2019

‘Looking at Andy Ruiz, we’re looking at ourselves – and seeing that anything is possible’

'We’re strangers in a strange land.' Manny Robles, the trainer of Andy Ruiz, tells Don McRae that, though they expect no favours in Saudi Arabia, they are ready for Anthony Joshua
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“I NEVER let a situation define who I am as a person,” Manny Robles says when he is asked how his life has changed since his fighter, Andy Ruiz Jr, became the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion of the world after he shocked Anthony Joshua five months ago in New York. “I continue to be who I am. I stay grounded and true to what I believe in. I was back at work from the Monday morning after Andy became world champion. I’m very passionate about training fighters on a daily basis.”

I first interviewed Robles a week after Ruiz stopped Joshua. Early on a Saturday morning in his gym on the outskirts of Los Angeles, Robles was in the midst of preparing himself for another day of training – and he took justified pride in telling me that he had been back at work less than 48 hours after Ruiz followed his strategy so convincingly at Madison Square Garden.

‘I also feel the promoter Eddie Hearn is not doing us any favours. Everything that is being done obviously helps Joshua’Manny Robles

 

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