THERE wasn’t much communication before his loss to Anthony Joshua, there was even less of it during the fight itself, and now, a month on, Andy Ruiz Jnr and his coach, Manny Robles, are still separated by distance and quietly conflicting points of view.

On December 7, Ruiz surrendered his WBA, IBF and WBO world heavyweight titles to Anthony Joshua, the former champion, only to later reveal he had taken the fight lightly, done little in the way of training, and had essentially let fame and fortune get to his head and strip from him all that had helped him topple Joshua first time around.

Robles, meanwhile, was sitting alongside Ruiz and nodding his head in agreement, disappointed of course by his man’s performance against Joshua in Saudi Arabia, but even more disappointed by his form – or attendance – in the gym ahead of it.

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