Abel Sanchez is quite familiar with former heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr, once serving as his lead trainer, but now that Ruiz has bounced around a bit before landing with Eddy Reynoso, Sanchez offers some of his thoughts on what it’ll take for Reynoso to make that partnership work.
“Eddy Reynoso must keep him in the gym, make him work and get rid of the baggage around him (the people that surround him and allow him to do things that he must not do).”
Sanchez continues by crediting Reynoso as being one of the best trainers in the sport at the moment but says the onus is really on Ruiz to listen and follow directions. Apparently that wasn’t something he was particularly great at when training under Sanchez or Manny Robles. So when reflecting on the time he spent with Ruiz, Sanchez says:
“It was difficult for me because I don’t like laziness. We work too hard. I have too many people here working their butts off. To have one person get away with things that nobody else can? That’s not proper.”
The trainer would then go on to say it’s a real shame because Ruiz actually has a lot of natural ability despite not looking the part. But from here on out, it’s going to be on Ruiz to maintain discipline both inside and outside of the ring if he really wants to become world champion again.