ANDY RUIZ JR almost walked away from boxing last year – but a dream trainer Manny Robles shared with him inspired him to stay.
Robles was the mastermind behind Ruiz’s stunning upset win at Madison Square Garden last Saturday as the 25-1 underdog dethroned Anthony Joshua of the unified titles.
But the Mexican trainer told The Guardian his boxer was braced to “throw in the towel” last year after struggling to provide for his family.
Until Robles revealed a dream he had where Ruiz knocks out AJ – which ultimately allowed the new unified champion to keep faith.
Robles said: “A year ago Andy was down on his luck and unable to provide for his family.
“He was ready to throw in the towel. He was at a dark stage but I sat down with him and said: ‘Hey kid, don’t give up.
“A year from now everything is going to be different. I had a dream you fought Joshua for the world title. I know exactly what punch you’ll knock him out with.’”
Ruiz, 29, scored the greatest heavyweight upset since Mike Tyson was KO’d by James “Buster” Douglas in Japan 30-years ago.
Joshua, 29, was floored four times on the way to a seventh round stoppage as 19st Snickers lover Ruiz became the first heavyweight champion of Mexican descent.
After stunning the world Ruiz and Robles broke out in wild celebrations in the ring, jumping and parading around with their new titles.
The trainer revealed he was joined in tears with son Manny, an 18-0 a pro, and his wife.
Robles added: “My wife found it difficult to watch. My kids told me she kept her head down and prayed for Andy.
“When the fight was over the kids said: ‘Mom, we won.’ She couldn’t believe it. She broke down crying.
“My kids broke out crying. I’d never seen my son cry before. He cried like a baby. Incredible.”
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