Freddie Roach (boxing)

Frederick Steven Roach (born March 5, 1960) is an American boxing trainer and former professional boxer. Roach is widely regarded as one of the best boxing trainers of all time.[4] He is the enduring boxing coach of the eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao, five-time and four-division world champion Miguel Cotto, former WBC middleweight champion Julio César Chávez Jr., three-time world champion James Toney, former UFC middleweight and three-time welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, as well as top prospects Jose Benavidez,[5] Peter Quillin,[6] and Vanes Martirosyan. Roach was the trainer of two-time women's world champion Lucia Rijker.[7] He has also trained former light welterweight champion Amir Khan.

Freddie Roach
Freddie Roach.jpg
Roach in 2008
Statistics
Nickname(s)Master Roach[1][2]
La Cucaracha[3]
The Choir Boy[3]
Weight(s)
Height5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
NationalityAmerican
Born (1960-03-05) March 5, 1960 (age 61)
Dedham, Massachusetts, U.S.
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights53
Wins40
Wins by KO15
Losses13

Early life and boxing careerEdit

Roach was trained by his father Paul Roach at a young age along with his brothers Joey and Pepper. In an interview with Dan Patrick on the AUDIENCE channel, Roach disclosed that throughout his youth, he was involved in over 300 street fights. Fearing for his own safety in one fight, he claims to have bitten another man's eye out in self-defense.[8]

As a teenager, he was a dominant force in the New England amateur and AAU ranks. Roach turned pro in 1978, fighting as a lightweight and won his first 10 bouts. Roach trained under Eddie Futch and went 26–1 before appearing in a historic match at the Boston Garden on June 11, 1982. The card that night was the first of two times that all three Fighting Roach Brothers appeared at the same time. Brothers Joey and Pepper won their undercard bouts but in the main event, Freddie lost a unanimous decision to Rafael Lopez. Freddie would rebound and go on to contend twice for regional championships.

Late in his career, Roach, who was known for being able to take on a barrage of punches, began showing early signs of Parkinson's disease. Futch asked Roach to retire but the boxer refused and continued to fight with his father as his trainer. He went on to lose five of his last six fights before retiring at age 26. His best payday was $7,500.

Professional boxing recordEdit

40 Wins (15 knockouts, 25 decisions), 13 Losses (3 knockouts, 10 decisions), 0 Draws[9]
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Loss 40–13   David Rivello MD 10 1986-10-24   Lowell Auditorium, Lowell, Massachusetts, United States
Win 40–12   Arnel Arrozal RTD 5 (10) 1986-08-14   Edmonds Community College, Lynnwood, Washington, United States
Loss 39–12   Andy Nance KO 10 (10) 1986-04-17   San Rafael, California, United States
Loss 39–11   Darryl Tyson UD 12 1986-03-01   Convention Center, Washington, District of Columbia, United States For WBC Continental Americas Lightweight title.
Loss 39–10   Héctor Camacho UD 10 1985-12-18   Arco Arena, Sacramento, California, United States
Loss 39–9   Greg Haugen TKO 7 (10) 1985-08-22   Showboat Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 39–8   Joey Olivera UD 8 1985-06-30   Tropicana Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 38–8   Martin Morado TKO 8 (10) 1985-05-23   Marriott Hotel, Irvine, California, United States
Win 37–8   Jaime Balboa UD 10 1985-04-09  Sacramento, California, United States
Loss 36–8   Bobby Chacon MD 10 1985-03-05   Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento, California, United States
Loss 36–7   Efrain Nieves UD 10 1984-12-20   Showboat Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 36–6   Richie Foster TKO 8 (10) 1984-10-11   Showboat Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 35–6   Joe Ruelaz TKO 4 (10) 1984-08-09   Showboat Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 34–6   Tommy Cordova SD 12 1984-06-12   Showboat Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States For ESPN Super Featherweight title.
Win 34–5   Efrain Nieves TD 8 (?) 1984-04-12   Portland, Oregon, United States
Win 33–5   Delio Palacios UD 10 1984-03-21   Gilley's Club / Rodeo Arena, Pasadena, Texas, United States
Loss 32–5   Louis Burke UD 10 1983-11-10   Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 32–4   Carlos Bryant UD 10 1983-08-25   Showboat Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 31–4   Reynaldo Zaragoza KO 8 (10) 1983-06-30   Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 30–4   Louis Burke UD 12 1983-04-14   Showboat Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States For ESPN Super Featherweight title.
Win 30–3   Bobby Pappion TKO 9 (10) 1983-02-07   Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 29–3   Danny Cruz UD 10 1982-12-23   Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 28–3   Danny Cruz SD 10 1982-11-25   Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 27–3   Martin Galvan UD 10 1982-09-23   Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 26–3   Lenny Valdez TKO 2 (10) 1982-07-01   Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 26–2   Rafael Lopez SD 10 1982-06-11   Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Win 26–1   Juan Veloz UD 10 1982-04-17   Showboat Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 25–1   Herman Ingram UD 8 1981-12-26   Ballys Park Place Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 24–1   Mario Chavez SD 10 1981-05-28   Hacienda Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 23–1   Jose Resendez PTS 10 1981-03-26   Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 22–1   Javier Flores TKO 8 (10) 1981-02-23   Caesar's Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 21–1   David Capo UD 10 1981-02-12   Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Win 20–1   Joe Phillips UD 10 1981-01-17   Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, United States Won vacant USA New England Featherweight title.
Win 19–1   Jose Resendez UD 8 1980-11-01   Caesars Tahoe, Stateline, Nevada, United States
Win 18–1   Pedro Gonzalez KO 4 1980-10-09   Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Win 17–1   Jose Resendez UD 10 1980-08-27   Silver Slipper, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 16–1 Manuel Martinez KO 3 1980-07-11   Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Win 15–1   Lionel Harney KO 6 (10) 1980-04-16   Silver Slipper, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 14–1 Billy Martinez KO 2 1980-04-02   Silver Slipper, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 13–1   Roberto Flores KO 1 (6) 1980-01-23   Silver Slipper, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 12–1   Luis Avila PTS 6 1979-12-12   Silver Slipper, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 11–1   Ruben Moreno UD 6 1979-10-24   Silver Slipper, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 10–1   Beto Nunez PTS 6 1979-09-13   Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Win 10–0   Francisco Pico UD 6 1979-08-29   Silver Slipper, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 9–0   Desi Newbill UD 6 1979-08-10   Coliseum, San Diego, California, United States
Win 8–0 Ricardo Hurtado KO 1 1979-08-02   Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Win 7–0   Adolfo Hurtado UD 6 1979-07-25   Silver Slipper, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 6–0   John Papin UD 6 1979-06-27   Silver Slipper, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 5–0   Ney Santiago TKO 6 (6) 1979-06-06   Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 4–0   Eddie Bracetty PTS 6 1979-02-03   Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Win 3–0   Eddie Bracetty PTS 6 1978-12-21   Portland, Maine, United States
Win 2–0 Jose Maldonado KO 6 1978-09-16   Yarmouth, Massachusetts, United States
Win 1–0 Roberto Vasquez PTS 6 1978-08-24   Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Boxing trainerEdit

Roach has trained 27 world champions to date. After his retirement from fighting, Roach worked in a variety of jobs around Las Vegas including telemarketing and a busboy before taking a job with his former trainer and mentor Eddie Futch as an unpaid assistant in 1986.[10] He excelled in his new position and worked as Futch's assistant for five years.

In 1991, actor Mickey Rourke returned to boxing midway through his acting career, and hired Roach to train him in Hollywood, California. In 1995, when Rourke decided to quit boxing, he gave gym equipment to Roach, and it can be found in the Wild Card Boxing Club on Vine Street.

Roach owns the Wild Card Boxing Club in Los Angeles and works alongside his brother Pepper.[11] He is one of the most popular trainers in boxing.[citation needed] Roach's prized ward is eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao. Roach also once trained Oscar De La Hoya for his May 5, 2007 superfight against Floyd Mayweather Jr.. His first world champion was Virgil Hill, whom he took over from his own former trainer, Eddie Futch. He is also the former trainer for British boxers Gary Stretch (former WBC light middleweight champion), training Stretch for his WBO middleweight title challenge against Chris Eubank, and Amir Khan, who became the WBA light welterweight champion on July 18, 2009 and the IBF light welterweight champion on July 23, 2011, under Roach's tutelage. Roach also trains welterweight boxer Zachary "Kid Yamaka" Wohlman among many others.[12][13] Roach has trained 27 world champions to date[citation needed] and can usually be seen nearby when his boxers are interviewed.

In the world of mixed martial arts (MMA), Roach has trained former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski and was one of his primary trainers for Arlovski's victory over Ben Rothwell on July 19 at Affliction's inaugural show.[14] He has also trained MMA fighter Dan Hardy for his fight with Marcus Davis at UFC 99 as well as MMA greats, Tito Ortiz, Anderson Silva, and BJ Penn. In May 2010, he began a training engagement with Georges St-Pierre in advance preparation for the fighter's successful UFC welterweight title defense against Josh Koscheck at UFC 124.[15] Roach has also trained many other prominent mixed martial artists, such as: pro-boxer and kickboxer, and former EliteXC lightweight champion, K.J. Noons,[16] Roger Huerta,[17] and Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou.[18] In March 2010, Roach expressed interest in wanting to train former Pride FC and WAMMA heavyweight champion, Fedor Emelianenko.[19]

Parkinson's diseaseEdit

Roach suffers from Parkinson's disease.[20][21] As chronicled in the HBO series Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, he is able to actively control the disease through medication, injections, and his training of boxers. Roach's doctors feel that his active in-ring training routines with his fighters and tremendous eye-hand coordination that he has to exhibit have made it possible to slow the progress of the disease.

HonorsEdit

  • Inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame, "Expanded Category" (Managers & Trainers).
  • 2006 California Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee (Non-Boxer)
  • 2003, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013 & 2014 Boxing Writers Association of America Trainer of the Year
  • 2008 World Boxing Council (WBC) "Lifetime Achievement Award"[22][23]
  • 2012 International Boxing Hall of Fame, Canastota, New York, United States Non-participant Inductee (Trainer of World Champions)
  • 2013 Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame Inaugural Inductee ("Trainers" Category)
  • 2021 USA Boxing Hall of Fame - Fighter, Trainer, Manager

Notable boxers trainedEdit

KeyEdit

Former world champions
* Current world champions
Nationality Name Weight Class Notes
  Armenia Vanes Martirosyan Light middleweight
  Armenia Kahren Harutyunyan Bantamweight
  Australia Leonardo Zappavigna Light welterweight
  Canada Jean Pascal Light heavyweight
  China Zou Shiming Flyweight
  Cuba Guillermo Rigondeaux Super bantamweight
  Dominican Republic Elvis Rodriguez Light Welterweight
  Denmark Johnny Bredahl Bantamweight
  Ireland Bernard Dunne Super bantamweight
  Ireland Jamie Kavanagh Lightweight
  Ireland Steve Collins Super middleweight
  Jamaica O'Neil Bell Cruiserweight
  Lithuania Eimantas Stanionis Light Welterweight
  Mexico Israel Vasquez Super bantamweight
  Mexico Juan Lazcano Light welterweight
  Mexico Julio César Chávez Jr. Middleweight
  Mexico Ray Beltrán Lightweight
  Mexico -Andy Ruiz Jr. Heavyweight
  Netherlands Lucia Rijker(w) Light welterweight
  Nigeria Kingsley Ikeke Super middleweight
  Nigeria Lateef Kayode Cruiserweight
  Nigeria Wale Omotoso Welterweight
  Philippines Ana Julaton(w) Super bantamweight
  Philippines Bobby Pacquiao Lightweight
  Philippines Diosdado Gabi Bantamweight
  Philippines Eumir Marcial middleweight
  Philippines Gerry Peñalosa Bantamweight
  Philippines Manny Pacquiao Welterweight
  Philippines Michael Domingo Bantamweight
  Philippines Michael Farenas Super featherweight
  Philippines Rey Bautista Featherweight
  Puerto Rico Miguel Cotto Middleweight
  Puerto Rico Alberto Machado Super featherweight
  Russia Dimitri Kirilov Super flyweight
  Russia Roman Karmazin Light heavyweight
  Russia Ruslan Provodnikov Light welterweight
  Russia Denis Lebedev Cruiserweight
  Ukraine Wladimir Klitschko Heavyweight (former assistant trainer)
  Ukraine Viktor Postol Light welterweight
  United Kingdom Amir Khan Light welterweight
  United Kingdom Wayne McCullough Featherweight
  United Kingdom Craig McEwan Middleweight
  United Kingdom Gary Stretch Light middleweight
  United Kingdom Scott Quigg Featherweight
  United States Bernard Hopkins Light heavyweight
  United States Brian Minto Cruiserweight
  United States Brian Viloria Flyweight
  United States Daniel Jacobs Middleweight
  United States David Rodela Super featherweight
  United States Efrain Esquivias Jr. Super bantamweight
  United States Frankie Liles Super middleweight
  United States Gabriel Rosado middleweight
  United States James Toney Heavyweight
  United States Johnny Tapia Bantamweight
  United States José Benavidez Light welterweight
  United States Marlon Starling Welterweight
  United States Michael Moorer Light heavyweight
  United States José Ramírez Lightweight
  United States Mickey Rourke Light heavyweight
  United States Mike Tyson Heavyweight
  United States Oscar De La Hoya Welterweight Only for his fight with Mayweather (2007)
  United States Peter Manfredo Jr. Middleweight
  United States Peter Quillin Middleweight
  United States Frankie Gómez Light welterweight
  United States Virgil Hill Light heavyweight
  United States Willie Jorrin Super bantamweight
  Venezuela Jorge Linares Lightweight

Other peopleEdit

As of August 1, 2011:

Name Occupation Reason for Duration Notes
  Shaquille O'Neal Former NBA player Shaq Vs. 2 Episodes Trainer for Shaquille O'Neal for both Oscar De La Hoya and Shane Mosley matches[24]
  Mark Wahlberg Actor The Fighter - Trainer for Mark Wahlberg[25]

Notable mixed martial artists trainedEdit

KeyEdit

Former world champions
* Current world champions
Nationality Name Weight Class Notes
  American Aaron Pico Featherweight
  Brazilian Anderson Silva Middleweight
  Belarusian Andrei Arlovski Heavyweight
  American Ben Askren Welterweight
  American B.J. Penn Lightweight
  Japanese Caol Uno Lightweight
  English Dan Hardy Welterweight
  American Frank Mir Heavyweight
  Dutch Gegard Mousasi Middleweight
  Brazilian José Aldo Featherweight
  American K.J. Noons Lightweight
  American Mark Muñoz Middleweight
  American Tony Ferguson Lightweight
  American Diego Sanchez Lightweight
  Brazilian Maurício Rua Light heavyweight
  Cameroonian Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou Light Heavyweight
  American Roger Huerta Lightweight
  American Tito Ortiz Light heavyweight
  Canadian Georges St-Pierre Middleweight

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "No denying Freddie Roach is the very best – Boxing – Yahoo! Sports".
  3. ^ a b "Freddie Roach - BoxRec".
  4. ^ "Freddie Roach: The Best in the Business". 9 June 2014.
  5. ^ Profile of Roach-trained prospect Benavidez – Top Rank Boxing Archived 2011-07-17 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "265-001 - Boxing News 24/7". 24 January 2014.
  7. ^ "A Quick Guide To The Freddie Roach Career". Boxing News and Views. 16 March 2016. Retrieved 2016-04-25.
  8. ^ Freddie Roach Reveals Horrifying Gruesome Details Of His Most Extreme Street Fight, Boxing News and Views
  9. ^ "Freddie Roach Professional boxing record". BoxRec.com.
  10. ^ Thesweetscience.com Archived September 18, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ "Pepper Roach Interview on Manny Pacquiao vs Miguel Cotto, Floyd Mayweather Jr, James Toney, Oscar De La Hoya, Bernard Hopkins, Prediction and More!".
  12. ^ Chelin, Pamela (October 3, 2013). "Zachary Wohlman, aka 'Kid Yamaka,' Is Boxing's Great Jewish Hope". LA Weekly. Retrieved March 31, 2014.
  13. ^ "Zachary Wohlman, a.k.a. Kid Yamaka". Fight Network. Retrieved March 31, 2014.
  14. ^ "Boxing's Freddie Roach working with Andrei Arlovski".
  15. ^ "It Begins: GSP Honing His Knuckle-Game With Freddie Roach - Cagepotato".
  16. ^ Former EliteXC champ K.J. Noons drops decision in weekend boxing bout Archived 2010-02-08 at the Wayback Machine NMAjunkie.com
  17. ^ "Roger Huerta".
  18. ^ Freddie Roach really likes training NMA fighters – Watch Kalib Run
  19. ^ Freddie Roach ruminates on NMA fighters' boxing abilities at the USATODAY.com
  20. ^ Lawrence Donegan (December 5, 2008). "Big interview: Amir Khan's trainer Freddie Roach". The Guardian.
  21. ^ "FREDDIE ROACH PREDICTS ARLOVSKI TO KO FEDOR- MMA WEEKLY – Mixed Martial Arts & UFC News, Photos, Rankings & more". Archived from the original on 2009-01-25. Retrieved 2009-01-21.
  22. ^ News, ABS-CBN (14 October 2008). "Pacquiao coach Freddie Roach gets WBC award".
  23. ^ "FREDDIE ROACH RECEIVES WBC AWARD".
  24. ^ "Shaquille O'Neal hits Las Vegas to take on Shane Mosley in boxing ring". 8 July 2010.
  25. ^ "Mark Wahlberg Fitness Program For The Fighter - How Celebs Get Fit . com". 28 May 2011.

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