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Manny Robles, the coach behind Andy Ruiz’s success
Andy Ruiz during his fight with Anthony Joshua (left) – Photo: Andrew Couldridge/REUTERS / Manny Robles, Ruiz’s coach – Photo: File photo/EL UNIVERSAL

Manny Robles, the coach behind Andy Ruiz’s success

16/08/2019
20:29
Christian Mendoza
Mexico City
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Manny Robles saw the potential of Andy Ruiz from the beginning of his boxing career

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Manny Robles’ job does not stop. Even though Andy Ruiz (33-1-0) is not on the ring, the coach takes care of his pupil on the way to the rematch against Anthony Joshua (22-1-0) next December.

This is not an easy job for Robles, who was an illegal migrant, worked as a dishwasher and is now behind the success of Ruiz, the first boxer of Mexican descent to win a heavyweight title (MBA, IBF, and WBO).

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“I’m from Jalisco, but I’ve lived in the U.S. since I was 6 years old. I remember that Andy came to me two years ago; after his fight with [Joseph] Parker, his family looked for me to train him, although I have already been watching him since he was an amateur; I knew of his potential; the key was working on his speed.

“The result was seen in the four fights he won,” remembered the coach in interview with EL UNIVERSAL Deportes.

 

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But Manny is not improvising. His experience to guide promising athletes comes from his father, Manuel “El Chato” Robles.

“My father was an amateur and professional boxer. I wanted to follow his steps but I had problems with my knees and getting medical attention was complicated because we did not have the means nor documents to be in the U.S. I remember that I started earning money cleaning tables, dishes, but I studied, as my father taught me.

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“I didn’t want to abandon boxing, but I couldn’t continue, ‘if your body doesn’t answer, retire,’ that’s what my father told me, and it was painful. I got married and fixed my migration status. In 2007, he passed away, as well as my mother three years later. I continued with the work; I made my road as a coach.

And while the venue for the rematch versus Joshua is established, Robles concluded that “we’re going to show what’s done; I’m not conformist; I also teach not to fall to the excesses of fame. Andy must have his feet firmly on the ground.”
 

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