Searching for fulfillment in the sport he’d grown to love had dragged Angel Fernandez from Galicia, North West Spain, to Surrey. Studying the work of fabled trainers Jorge Rubio and Ismael Salas first-hand, the young Fernandez revealed his journey from Spanish kickboxing to training some of the sport’s most exciting talents, when speaking exclusively to Boxing Social.“Are you ready? Take a cup of tea… Sit down”
For those unfamiliar; the smiling, passionate gentleman holding pads for Matchroom cruiserweight star, Isaac Chamberlain or working extensively on drills with World Amateur Championship silver medalist, Sultan Zaurbek, is new to this. Growing up in Spain, Fernandez had initially embarked on a career which focused on his feet, as much as his hands. Now, living in South West London and fully dedicated to his life as a head trainer, it wasn’t always a career outside of the ropes that had interested Angel.
“I was in Spain doing kickboxing. I was gonna fight for the country with one coach who was there. I was doing sparring at the same time with the super-middleweight champion [of Spain] who was a professional boxer. That’s how I ended up falling in love with the boxing side. I started doing more boxing than kickboxing.
I am delighted and proud to say that Sandy Ryan and I will be working together as a team towards our goals. That being said, the first and far more important thing for me is keeping her focus and working towards the Olympics in Tokyo 2020 with Team GB. Working with me won’t change Sandy’s style as my main priority until 2020 is to add and support the coaches she has in Sheffield. I would like to thank Sandy, and also my team for believing in me from day one. Without them I wouldn’t be where I am today. I truly feel blessed with the addition of Sandy to our stable, which is what our team needed to be complete. Now it's time to focus on this amazing challenge. Let’s do this team. Angel Fernandez 17th April 2019
When a flower doesn’t bloom you fix the environment in which it grows. Not the flower. Sandy Ryan 16th April 2019
Teamed up with @angel_boxeo With this mans help in my boxing career it will add so much to my boxing. Watch us go to another level #TEAM. Sandy Ryan 19th April 2019
Angel Fernandez with Commonwealth Welterweight Champion Sandy Ryan