By: Hans Themistode
Andy Ruiz Jr.’s moment in the sun came and quickly left.
Following his monumental upset win over Anthony Joshua in June of 2019, Ruiz Jr. wrapped his newly won heavyweight titles around his waist and began partying nonstop. When Ruiz Jr. wasn’t out enjoying the night life, he was making frequent trips to the jeweler and stopped going to gym as frequent as he should have. With the newly crowned champion scheduled to take on Joshua six months later, the Mexican product figured since he had already done it once, repeating what he did should be no problem at all.
Those sentiments, of course, didn’t prove to be true as Joshua boxed circles around him and ended his 15 minutes of fame. For the now former belt holder, he realized what he did wrong. In turn, he put down the bottles of booze, no longer made trips to the local clubs and according to trainer Eddy Reynoso, his newfound dedication has his training like a mad man.
“Andy is very motivated,” said Reynoso during an interview with Fight Hub TV. “He wants to be world champion again. He’s dropping weight and he’s been disciplined. We are gonna make a great team.”
Since the one-sided loss, Ruiz Jr. (33-2, 24 KOs) has sat back and watched as his new stablemates have gone on to pick up big wins.
Just a few weeks ago, Oscar Valdez upset the odds by not only defeating former WBC super featherweight belt holder Miguel Berchelt but flat out knocking him out cold. Canelo Alvarez has continued to win as he easily outboxed Callum Smith to win the WBA, WBC and Ring magazine super middleweight titles in December. Also, in just a few short hours, Alvarez will take on Avni Yildirim at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Florida. Virtually everyone expects Alvarez to pick up the win and maintain his pound-for-pound status.
As for Ruiz Jr., he simply wants to keep the winning train going. Although nothing is concrete, he will most likely return to the ring in a few months against fringe contender Chris Arreola.
Winning a world title is prevalent on his mind, but more than anything, Ruiz Jr. wants to prove that his success wasn’t a flash in the pan. While he already has all of the motivation in the world, Reynoso believes that with everyone surrounding him ascending, the fire burning in his belly is brighter than ever.
“He’s seeing the success everyone else is having and it’s gonna motivate him even more.”
By: Hans Themistode
Eddy Reynoso, trainer of unified super middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez, knows it’s just a matter of time.
Even with Reynoso focusing all of his energy on the game plan of Alvarez as he prepares to take on Avni Yildirim this Saturday night at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Florida, the long time trainer is fully aware that names such as David Benavidez and Jermall Charlo are fighters that Alvarez will have to face sooner rather then later.
“David Benavidez is an excellent boxer,” said Reynoso during an interview with Fino Boxing. “This one I think will make a great fight. Charlo is also a spectacular boxer. Both are good fights for 2022.”
Reynoso’s targeted timeline of 2022 comes with good reason. At the moment, Alvarez (54-1-2, 36 KOs) is more concerned with making history as opposed to taking on the likes of Charlo and Benavidez. With a win over Yildirim on Saturday night, Alvarez is expected to take on WBO super middleweight titlist Billy Joe Saunders. Should the Mexican native do what many are expecting him to do against Saunders, he would then move on to a showdown against IBF belt holder Caleb Plant.
A win against all of those aforementioned names would make Alvarez the first undisputed super middleweight champion in boxing history. With so much on the line this year, Reynoso would rather stay the course and continue with their original plan.
“I don’t see them fighting with Canelo this year because we bring other projects against other champions.”
Although the words spewed by Reynoso aren’t exactly what fans want to hear, it could give both fighters much-needed time.
In the case of Benavidez (23-0, 20 KOs), the former WBC belt holder is still kicking himself for losing his title on the scales after failing to make weight for his August showdown against Roamer Alexis Angulo. Dropping his belt did nothing to change the outcome of their contest however, as Benavidez handed his man a hellacious beating before ultimately stopping him in the tenth.
Now, in just a few more weeks, he’ll return to the ring to take on fringe contender Ronald Ellis as he looks to continue his momentum. As for Charlo (31-0, 22 KOs), by the time 2022 rolls by, he might be campaigning in the same weight class as both Benavidez and Alvarez.
Currently, the Houston native holds the WBC title one weight class lower but has stated on numerous occasions that he has no problem moving up in weight to face either Alvarez or even Benavidez.
Regardless of their future plans, Reynoso expects both of them to continue their winning ways. If they can simply continue to mow down the competition, then a fight is inevitable.
“All of them are very good rivals and very good boxers. I think we will fight them one day.”
By: Hans Themistode
If Gennadiy Golovkin, Jermall Charlo, Demetrius Andrade, or any other middleweight hopeful wants to face Canelo Alvarez, they’ll have to do so eight pounds north.
After fluctuating between middleweight and light heavyweight, Alvarez has officially settled at a weight class right in between both, super middleweight.
“He is 168 now. It is his prime weight,” said Alvarez’s trainer/manager Eddy Reynoso during an interview with boxingscene.com. “This is his weight.”
To further reinforce Reynoso’s words that Alvarez will in fact stick around in the super middleweight division, the former four-division champion officially dropped his WBA middleweight championship. A title he held since ending the title reign of Gennadiy Golovkin in late 2018.
Immediately following the win, Alvarez (54-1-2, 36 KOs) began experimenting with his weight. The Mexican superstar dipped his toes in the super middleweight division and by all accounts, he enjoyed it. In December of 2018, Alvarez scored a quick third-round stoppage win against Rocky Fielding, lifting his WBA world title in the process.
While he claimed that he felt great at the weight, Alvarez opted to move back down six months later, scoring a unanimous decision victory against Daniel Jacobs and adding his IBF middleweight title to his collection.
From there, Alvarez figured that if he could make the trek eight pounds north, then he could make an even bigger leap. This time, 15 pounds higher to land him in the light heavyweight division. After nabbing Sergey Kovalev’s WBO title via 11th round stoppage, he would drop down again to the super middleweight division. Just a few short weeks ago, the Mexican native would outclass former WBA/Ring magazine 168-pound titlist Callum Smith.
Alvarez, 30, may have found success competing in several weight classes, but he has also become the target of several notable names spanning across numerous divisions. The likes of WBC middleweight belt holder Jermall Charlo, WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol and even unified welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. have called for their shot against Alvarez.
Regardless of the perpetual call outs, Reynoso has no issue with whomever Alvarez faces. The 2019 trainer of the year has only one demand for anyone who wants to take on his pound for pound star.
“Anyone who wants to fight Canelo will have to meet us (at super middleweight). He’s not giving away any more of his prime. It is where he feels strongest.”
By: Hans Themistode
Jermall Charlo has done everything in his power to get Canelo Alvarez to notice him. From putting on stellar performance after stellar performance, to flat out calling him out, Charlo has done it all.
Yet, no matter how well he performed inside of the ring, Alvarez seldom mentioned him. With that being said, trainer Eddy Reynoso has watched quietly what Charlo has done, and by all accounts, he’s been impressed with what he’s seen.
“Charlo has been rising,” said Reynoso to ESPN Deportes. “He has been advancing.”
Recently, the WBC middleweight titlist continued his unbeaten run in his second championship reign with a win over perpetual contender Sergiy Derevyanchenko in late August. The betting public was under the impression that their contest which co-headlined a Showtime Pay-Per-View, would be the most difficult contest of his career. Despite those thoughts, Charlo (31-0, 22 KOs) picked Derevyanchenko apart on the night before cruising to a one sided unanimous decision victory. Following the win, Charlo kept his tradition going as he once again called for a shot against Canelo.
It’s a matchup that not only intrigues Reynoso, but he also has a date in mind as to when he would like to see it take place.
“It would be a big and important fight, but that fight has to take place next year.”
Although the two division titlist could be on the verge of having the one contest he has craved the most, with Alvarez not competing at 160 pounds in a year and a half, Reynoso believes getting down in weight could be an issue.
“I don’t think we can make 160-pounds right now after a year without fighting. These are factors that can be complicated.”
At the moment, fans of Alvarez (53-1-2, 36 KOs) would settle for watching their man spar at this point. After a 2019 that saw the 30 year old unify titles in the middleweight division before ultimately moving up two weight classes to become only the fourth Mexican born fighter to win world titles in four different weight classes, he’s sat idly on the sidelines.
His absence from the ring however, has been through no fault of his. With a pending legal battle against DAZN and his promoter Oscar De La Hoya and Golden Boy Promotions, Alvarez has a long road back to the squared circle. Despite that, Reynoso is keeping him in the gym at all times just in case a fight just so happens to fall in their lap.
“We are really working as if we were going to fight,” explained Reynoso. “We have always had that criterion, you have to be in the gym for whatever comes, so we have confidence that we can do something before the end of the year. If not, well, to fight in the early months of the following year. That’s why we are active and we are working in the gym daily.”