Andy Ruiz Now Training With Abel Sanchez in Big Bear

By Steve Kim

There had been a rather alarming trend with heavyweight prospect Andy Ruiz in recent fights. Never exactly svelte, his weight had been steadily climbing in recent fights and his weight was creeping up into the 260's. After he struggled in his last outing in December against Sergey Liakhovich, he was effectively shelved by Top Rank till he lost a significant amount of weight.

The 25-year old Ruiz, who had been training in Las Vegas the past few years is now in the mountains of Big Bear, California at the Summit Gym with trainer Abel Sanchez.

According to Sanchez - who's best known for currently training Gennady Golovkin and Terry Norris in the past - Ruiz is - "doing very good, he has been here for about six weeks, has lost about 30 pounds, working hard but most importantly he is adapting well to just following a program and not running his own show."

Up here, it's his way or the highway.

"We will see how much he puts up with our system, I will not bend our rules or make it easier for him," promised Sanchez.

Ruiz, who has a record of 24-0 (17 KO's), is expected to return at some point in the late summer according to Top Rank matchmaker, Brad Goodman.

Steve Kim is the news editor for

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by i'm a fun haver on 06-18-2015

[QUOTE=BennyST;15797547]He's never going to 'really start hurting people' because he's never really had any power to speak of at all. He can take the odd bum out easily, but even Paulie could do that. Once he steps up, he'll get…

Comment by BennyST on 06-18-2015

[QUOTE=i'm a fun haver;15797438]Like watching this guy fight. He's got some fast hands. Probably going to really start hurting people now too[/QUOTE] He's never going to 'really start hurting people' because he's never really had any power to speak of…

Comment by BennyST on 06-18-2015

[QUOTE=Cuauhtémoc1520;15795762]The hardest thing is changing what's between his ears, not below his belt line. He has to change the way he eats, and trains and realize he's a professional and needs to take this sport serious. Eating is a way…

Comment by i'm a fun haver on 06-18-2015

Like watching this guy fight. He's got some fast hands. Probably going to really start hurting people now too

Comment by joe strong on 06-18-2015

at 240 he would be decent. sometimes a bit of bulk doesn't hurt your ability to absorb punches. I remember at his best Rahman fought around 230-240 & he was cut. after the maskaev & tua losses he stayed around…

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