Andy Ruiz Jr. sacked his coach Mani Robles, who helped him defeat Anthony Joshua in June 2019.
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Robles trained Ruiz and helped him defeat his chances of defeating Joshua in June 2019, before Joshua returned to the Mexican-American school in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, six months later.
Now a month after Ruiz’ defeat, Robles has been sacked by Ruiz as he prepares to mount a come back in 2020, but Robles has blasted Ruiz saying he refused to listen to him or his dad after winning the heavyweight belts from Joshua and his stubbornness eventually led to his loss six months later.
Speaking to ESPN, he added that the relationship between him and Ruiz was never going to work going forward because Ruiz ‘wasn’t listening’.
‘I’ve seen it coming, I’ll be honest with you,’ he said. ‘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.
‘So I just saw it coming, it wasn’t going to work because he wasn’t listening. He’s not listening to me, he’s not listening to his dad, he’s not listening to anybody. He said it himself after the [post-fight] press conference..
‘Fortunately for me, Andy took the blame on himself and didn’t sit there like a majority of fighters and blame the coach.’..
Robles said the decision was taken by the fighter’s promoter Al Haymon to give him a fresh start.
‘They apparently told them that they didn’t want the same thing to repeat itself again,’ Robles continued.
‘It is what it is, I don’t know what to tell you. It’s not the first time it’s happened to me. I’m absolutely grateful and blessed to have been able to experience everything that I was able to experience in 2019
Speaking after his one-sided loss to Joshua in December, Ruiz said his emotional victory over his rival last year had put him on cloud nine ..
‘I think I ate everything… EVERYTHING… that’s why I gained so much weight,’ he said…
I was having too much fun, I was celebrating too much. Even out of shape, even the way that I was training back and forth (between Mexico and California)… f******, I did pretty good, dude! I did pretty good! But, I wish I had taken it more serious.’
‘I mean, we made history, and I have to be thankful for that. I have to be thankful to Andy and his dad for giving me the opportunity to be part of something special, to have made history – for him to become the first Mexican heavyweight champion of the world.’