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Trainer: Andy Ruiz's Victory Was a Victory For Everyone

Manny Robles, the head trainer for WBO, IBO, IBF, WBA heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz, was overcome with emotion when his fighter shocked the entire world by stopping Anthony Joshua on June 1.

A huge underdog coming in, Ruiz dropped Joshua four times before the contest was waved off in the seventh round.

Ruiz, once viewed as an out-of-shape no-hoper, is now the unified world champion of the division.

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When the fight was finally waved off, Robles quickly understood that history had been made.

"All the joy and all the pain came out,” Robles explained to The Guardian. “Everything comes out when you’re jumping for joy and screaming that we shocked the world. I knew we had made history. Andy had become the first Mexican heavyweight champion of the world. But now I think everybody, of all ethnicities and backgrounds, from all over the world, won. We identify more with Andy – although Joshua’s a great guy and an unbelievable athlete.

“Most of us have more in common with Andy. Looking at Andy we’re looking at ourselves and seeing that anything is possible. We have children being bullied for being overweight or for the colour of their skin. It’s horrible. But Andy’s story is a lesson in hope. He had to endure being harassed because he doesn’t have a Joshua-type body. He’s been teased for his looks. He’s been doubted his whole life because Andy’s always been overweight.”

A rematch is now on the cards.

Joshua exercised his right to have an immediate rematch, which is being targeted for the fall.

“Andy’s the world champion so we have to make sure he stays disciplined and grounded. My job is to keep him in line and remind him what got him here. I know Andy will listen. We’ve been through too much to give it all up,” Robles said.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by NachoMan on 06-11-2019

[QUOTE=VatoMulatto;19821879]AJ's looks is a big part of his popularity. With his incredible physique, he's a HW champ who looks the part. He looks like most people want the HW champion to look like and attract a lot of people who…

Comment by JakeTheBoxer on 06-11-2019

[QUOTE=VatoMulatto;19821662]Victory for Mexico, absolutely but victory for everyone? C'mon now, that's some serious bulls-hit. Having somebody like AJ as the HW champ is much better for boxing than Andy Ruiz.[/QUOTE] It is better for other hw-s. And their future paydays.…

Comment by JakeTheBoxer on 06-11-2019

Now every top 20 hw hopes Joshua is really that bad. Actauly I think Ruiz is good, really good. joshua still beats 95°of others guys.

Comment by P4Pdunny on 06-11-2019

[QUOTE=Verus;19822792]That is a good point. I can't help but think how much better Ruiz would be if he ditched the excess fat. He probably would be unbeatable for years to come.[/QUOTE] He would be a beast if he dropped some…

Comment by Verus on 06-11-2019

[QUOTE=P4Pdunny;19822651]nice feel good story, but people should be encouraged to take as much care of their health as possible[/QUOTE] That is a good point. I can't help but think how much better Ruiz would be if he ditched the excess…

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