the story of Reynoso who never stopped believing

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He is one of the best trainers currently in circulation, one of the most successful of the moment, an imposing figure in the boxing panorama of today, especially thanks the collaboration with the Mexican star Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, but not only, also with guys like Oscar Valdez, Ryan Garcia and the last arrived of the family Andy Ruiz. All very good boxers for the talent that mother nature has given them, but above all for the merit of the school to which they belong: that of the mythical Eddy Reynoso. It is known that no great champion can become such without the support of a valid master. You can have all the talents of this world, but if they are not exploited in the right way they end up being of no use to you.

The trainer born and raised in Guadalajara has been living in the United States for twenty-five years, has a beautiful family, is rich and famous, has everything one could envy, but once his life was not so fantastic. Everything he has, he built with his own hands, when they were empty. Eddy left his hometown at the age of nineteen and, despite the risks and dangers, walked across the desert to the States. On his first attempt, the border guard sent him home; on his second, he was arrested and put in jail.

“It’s a very humbling experience and it’s a great honor to be able to be in this amazing country, the United States, and to have overcome what I did, to have entered illegally the first time and to have been jailed because I was an immigrant. I respect the United States; being in this country and the opportunity this country has given me have changed my life. It’s an experience I will never forget,” he told The Ring.

“I still remember to this day that man who was kind enough to lend me his jacket when I was walking to the United States [from Mexico]. When I was in the desert everything was very scary and it was very cold. We didn’t have anything. I had the clothes on my back. That was everything. I was freezing, I had never left home alone.”

The time in detention was tough, however, Reynoso didn’t give up and continued to believe. “I just had to stay focused on what I wanted. It’s something that challenges you. But I learned from my dad [Jose ‘Chepo’ Reynoso] and my mom that things are hard for everyone and they never change your mindset. I had to keep going and never give up. It was a difficult time.”

Once the imprisonment was over, he worked for many years and little change in the butcher shop in Salinas, California; until in 2002 his adventure in the gym began in which he helped his father train Oscar “Chololo” Larios and Javier Jauregui; then in 2003 there was the final turning point: the arrival in the gym of a young red-haired boy. “When I was 12 years old, I dreamed of becoming a professional boxer. Things didn’t turn out the way I had dreamed, but life changed and put me in a position to be a coach,” he continued in his interview.

“I started training when I was 24 years old, my father got me involved because he saw the passion and love I have for the sport. It was my father who put it in my head that I could be a successful coach, and the other one who did it was Hall Of Famer manager Rafael Mendoza. Imagine Saul now, but with a 13-year-old body: he was the same. He was always so strong and powerful that he beat everyone. I can say that Saul changed my life as much as I changed his. We got along very well together, we complement each other. It was fate. We are a great team.”

In 2019 Reynoso received the coveted Trainer Of The Year award, an important recognition awaited much more by his champion than by himself: “Canelo loves me like a father and that’s why he was so excited; ever since he was a child he always told me that I was the best trainer and that I deserved to be awarded for it. So when the time came, he wanted to be the one to tell me.” But what is the reason for his and his boxers’ success?. “I like guys who are disciplined and like to learn. There are a lot of fighters out there who are good fighters, but they don’t like to do it. I want my fighters to use me as a tool, as a sponge, and absorb my knowledge. I want to give them what I know and let them use it.”