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Manny Robles: ‘We shocked the world. Andy Ruiz’s story is a lesson in hope’ | Donald McRae

The trainer tells of his struggle as a Mexican in the US, his respect for Anthony Joshua – and keeping his boxer in line for the heavyweight rematch

“All the joy and all the pain came out,” Manny Robles says as he remembers how he cried after his fighter, Andy Ruiz Jr beat Anthony Joshua in one of the greatest shocks in the history of heavyweight boxing. “Everything comes out when you’re jumping for joy and screaming that we shocked the world.”

Ruiz, dismissed as a roly-poly no-hoper, got off the canvas in the third round and immediately dropped Joshua twice with shuddering punches. Using his fast hands, intelligence and heart, Ruiz listened to everything his trainer told him. He knocked down Joshua twice more in the seventh round before the referee stopped the contest and confirmed the Mexican-American as the new IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight champion of the world.

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