Former heavyweight titleholder Andy Ruiz Jr. will continue his career without trainer Manuel Robles.
Robles said he has had very little contact with Ruiz since returning to the States, additionally received a call from his father, Andy Ruiz Sr., on Wednesday morning, requesting a meeting. The trainer understood immediately what would happen.
“He wasn’t stopping by to say hello or have lunch, that’s for sure,” Robles said, chuckling. I’ve seen it coming, I’ll be honest with you. I’ve seen it coming during camp. I saw it coming, 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 press conference (in Saudi Arabia). He apologized to me, to the dad, because he f—ed up. Fortunately for me, Andy took the blame on himself and didn’t sit there like a majority of fighters and blame the coach.”
“They apparently told them that they didn’t want the same thing to repeat itself, again,” Robles said. “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 sure it’s not the first time it’s happened to other coaches. It happens time and time again. We always end up getting the short end of the stick. But it is what it is, you keep moving forward.”