PINOY PRIDE XVII; Q & A with Trainer of Daniel "Canerito" RuizWritten by Michael Angel Lopez
MINGLANILLA, CEBU-Coming from the beautiful municipality of Minglanilla Cebu, known for its KABANHAWAN FESTIVAL to the beautiful coastal city of Los Mochis, Sinaloa Mexico, Luis Gonzlaez is one of the top young trainers in boxing.
He shares a little insight about his flashy and hard hitting boxer, Mexican WBC Latino Featherweight Champion Daniel "Canerito" Ruiz (27-5-1-19Kos) of the La Raza Boxing Gym.
Ruiz will challenge one of the top boxers from the Philippines and world ranked #4 IBF and #11 WBO in the featherweight division, Rey "Boom Boom" Bautista (33-2-25KOs) for the prestigious vacant WBO International Featherweight Championship.
Bautista fights out of the world famous ALA Boxing Gym of Cebu City Philippines. Home of WBO World Light Flyweight Champion Donnie Nietes and numerous world ranked top ten boxers.
Lopez: Luis, how is the training going for Ruiz?
Gonzalez: The training is going very good, Daniel had a good training camp. We trained for over two months for this fight. We are ending camp this week and arriving to the Philippines on Monday, Oct. 15.
Lopez: Rey Bautista is ranked 4th in the IBF and 11th in the WBO world featherweight division, is Ruiz ready for this big fight?
Gonzalez: Yes, We have prepared hard for this fight. Ruiz is in the best shape of his life. I never seen him this focused. We have been waiting for this opportunity.
Lopez: How did he get the nickname "Canerito"?
Gonzalez: The town that Ruiz comes from is known in Mexico for sugar cane plantations. He got his nickname from that.
Lopez: You will arrive Monday October 15, is five days enough time to acclimate to the weather in the Philippines?
Gonzalez: The climate in Los Mochis is hot and dry. We will acclimate to the weather in the Philippines. It usually takes 24 hours for the body to adjust to the new time and climate. Ruiz will come to the Philippines in good condition. When we fought in Australia, we had no problem to adjust.
Lopez: Who was the toughest opponent of Ruiz?
Gonzalez: I would have to say Ricardo Castillo, brother of former World Champion Jose Luis Castillo. I knocked him out in the 2nd round to win the WBC Latino Super Featherweight Championship. He is a very good fighter and my team put together a good game plan.