Hall of Fame trainer, Ignacio “Nacho” Bertistain believes the former world heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr. is a good boxer despite being overweight.
Ruiz put his name in the history books last June when he upset Anthony Joshua’s US debut, knocking him out 4 times before the Brit “retired” in his corner. What was even more impressive was the fact that the American-Mexican boxer took the fight on short notice and replaced Jarrell Miller just a few weeks before June 1.
But the good life he enjoyed after the win got him nowhere in terms of boxing and he lost the belts in December when Joshua defeated him via UD.
Ruiz was partying and was way heavier for the rematch and the fans turned on him pretty quickly. It didn’t take long before Ruiz parted ways with his trainer Manny Robles.
Earlier this week it was officially announced that Ruiz would work with veteran coach Eddy Reynoso for his next fight. Reynoso is best known as the head trainer for Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. He also works with Oscar Valdez, Julio Cesar Martinez, and several others.
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“Andy has attributes. Despite him being fat, he is a fast fighter, he is a good fighter. I was a little sad to see that he had some difficulty with the coach that he had [Manny Robles], who is one of the best coaches out there,” Nacho said.
“I think that indiscipline is going to lead him to the same thing [regardless of the trainer]. He is not a bad fighter but the heavyweight division is saturated with great fighters, it will be difficult for him. I think he will earn a lot of money because he has the right attributes but there are two or three [in the weight class] that can put him at peace.”