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Manny Robles explains how Andy Ruiz Jnr has coped with both being world heavyweight champion and the pressure of repeating his victory over Anthony Joshua

Donald McRae


I NEVER let a situation define who I am as a person,” Manny Robles says when he is asked how his life has changed since his fighter, Andy Ruiz Jnr, became the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion of the world after he shocked Anthony Joshua five months ago in New York. “I continue to be who I am. I stay grounded and true to what I believe in. I was back at work from the Monday morning after Andy became world champion. I’m very passionate about training fighters on a daily basis.”

I first interviewed Robles a week after Ruiz stopped Joshua. Early on a Saturday morning in his gym on the outskirts of Los Angeles, Robles was in the midst of preparing himself for another day of training – and he took justified pride in telling me that he had been back at work less than 48 hours after Ruiz followed his strategy so convincingly at Madison square Garden.

Yet Robles also admitted then that one of his most difficult challenges would be to ensure that Ruiz did not get too distracted by his sudden fame and wealth. The trainer explained that Ruiz, as the surprising new world champion, had spent part of his first week after beating Joshua on the glossy TV chat show circuit. "Andy's dad called and said: 'Hey, we're going on the Jimmy Kimmel Show. Would you join us?' I said: 'No, I'm working.' I flew in from New York on Sunday night and I was back in the gym on Monday. Andy's the world champion, so we have to make sure he stays disciplined and grounded.

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