Three division champion Mikey Garcia believes Andy Ruiz made the right decision to align himself with respected trainer Eddy Reynoso.
Ruiz reached the very top when he shocked the sport with a seven round stoppage of Anthony Joshua in June 2019 to capture the WBO, IBF, IBO, WBA heavyweight titles at New York's Madison Square Garden.
The December rematch was a different story, with Ruiz being out of shape and losing a lopsided twelve round unanimous decision to Joshua.
After that fight, Ruiz admitted that he partied for two months and started training camp way too late.
A few weeks later he parted ways with head trainer Manny Robles.
Last week, it was made official that Ruiz had reached a deal to work under Reynoso.
Reynoso, the 2019 Trainer of The Year, is best known for his work with Mexican superstar Saul "Canelo" Alvarez. He also works with Ryan Garcia, Oscar Valdez, Julio Cesar Martinez, Luis Nery, and others.
Garcia speculates that Ruiz may have become too friendly with Robles and needed someone with a firm hand like Reynoso to keep him in check.
"Ruiz needed someone to straighten him out to train. He could have had too much of a friendly relationship with Manny and that's why he had become complacent. That happens when a fighter feels too comfortable with his coach. He needed to go to Reynoso's camp, which by the way is excellent," Garcia told Fighthype.com.
"Reynoso helps his fighters a lot. I have seen many improvements in Canelo himself and I have seen many improvements in Ryan García. They are an excellent team and I am sure that it will benefit Andy. I know that Manny is also an excellent coach, and I think it's unfair for people to think that [Ruiz let him go] because he's not good enough."