Freddie Roach (boxing)

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Freddie Roach
Freddie Roach.jpg
Freddie Roach in December 2008
Statistics
Real nameFrederick Roach
Nickname(s)Master Roach[1][2]
La Cucaracha[3]
The Choir Boy[4]
Rated atFeatherweight
Super Featherweight
Lightweight
NationalityAmerican
Born(1960-03-05) March 5, 1960 (age 53)
Dedham, Massachusetts
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights53
Wins40
Wins by KO15
Losses13
Draws0
No contests0
 
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Freddie Roach
Freddie Roach.jpg
Freddie Roach in December 2008
Statistics
Real nameFrederick Roach
Nickname(s)Master Roach[1][2]
La Cucaracha[3]
The Choir Boy[4]
Rated atFeatherweight
Super Featherweight
Lightweight
NationalityAmerican
Born(1960-03-05) March 5, 1960 (age 53)
Dedham, Massachusetts
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights53
Wins40
Wins by KO15
Losses13
Draws0
No contests0

Frederick Steven "Freddie" Roach (born March 5, 1960) is an American boxing trainer and a former professional boxer. Roach is of Irish[5] and French Canadian descent. Roach is one of the most well-known boxing trainers in the world, having been voted Trainer of the Year by the Boxing Writers Association of America in 2003, 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2010. He is the boxing coach of former UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre, as well as trainer of eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao, former four-time and three-division World Champion Miguel Cotto, former WBC Middleweight Champion Julio César Chávez, Jr. and top prospects Jose Benavidez,[6] Peter Quillin[7] and Vanes Martirosyan. Roach was also the trainer of former two-time world champion and notable women's champion Lucia Rijker.[8] Roach has also trained former junior welterweight champion Amir Khan.

Boxing career[edit]

Roach was trained by Tariq Nasiri at a young age along with his brothers Pepper and Joey. 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 legendary trainer 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 the 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 the world championship.

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 record[edit]

40 Wins (15 knockouts, 25 decisions), 13 Losses (3 knockouts, 10 decisions), 0 Draws[9]
Res.RecordOpponentTypeRd., TimeDateLocationNotes
Loss40–13United States David RivelloMD101986-10-24United States Lowell Auditorium, Lowell, Massachusetts, United States
Win40–12Philippines Arnel ArrozalRTD5 (10)1986-08-14United States Edmonds Community College, Lynnwood, Washington, United States
Loss39–12England Andy NanceKO10 (10)1986-04-17United States San Rafael, California, United States
Loss39–11United States Darryl TysonUD121986-03-01United States Convention Center, Washington, District of Columbia, United StatesFor WBC Continental Americas Lightweight title.
Loss39–10Puerto Rico Hector CamachoUD101985-12-18United States Arco Arena, Sacramento, California, United States
Loss39–9United States Greg HaugenTKO7 (10)1985-08-22United States Showboat Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win39–8United States Joey OliveraUD81985-06-30United States Tropicana Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win38–8United States Martin MoradoTKO8 (10)1985-05-23United States Marriott Hotel, Irvine, California, United States
Win37–8Mexico Jaime BalboaUD101985-04-09United StatesSacramento, California, United States
Loss36–8United States Bobby ChaconMD101985-03-05United States Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento, California, United States
Loss36–7United States Efrain NievesUD101984-12-20United States Showboat Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win36–6Republic of Ireland Richie FosterTKO8 (10)1984-10-11United States Showboat Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win35–6United States Joe RuelazTKO4 (10)1984-08-09United States Showboat Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss34–6United States Tommy CordovaSD121984-06-12United States Showboat Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesFor ESPN Super Featherweight title.
Win34–5United States Efrain NievesTD8 (?)1984-04-12United States Portland, Oregon, United States
Win33–5United States Delio PalaciosUD101984-03-21United States Gilley's Club / Rodeo Arena, Pasadena, Texas, United States
Loss32–5United States Louis BurkeUD101983-11-10United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win32–4United States Carlos BryantUD101983-08-25United States Showboat Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win31–4United States Reynaldo ZaragozaKO8 (10)1983-06-30United States Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss30–4United States Louis BurkeUD121983-04-14United States Showboat Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesFor ESPN Super Featherweight title.
Win30–3United States Bobby PappionTKO9 (10)1983-02-07United States Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win29–3United States Danny CruzUD101982-12-23United States Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win28–3United States Danny CruzSD101982-11-25United States Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win27–3Mexico Martin GalvanUD101982-09-23United States Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss26–3Mexico Lenny ValdezTKO2 (10)1982-07-01United States Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss26–2United States Rafael LopezSD101982-06-11United States Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Win26–1United States Juan VelozUD101982-04-17United States Showboat Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win25–1United States Herman IngramUD81981-12-26United States Ballys Park Place Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win24–1United States Mario ChavezSD101981-05-28United States Hacienda Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win23–1United States Jose ResendezPTS101981-03-26United States Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win22–1United States Javier FloresTKO8 (10)1981-02-23United States Caesar's Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win21–1United States David CapoUD101981-02-12United States Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Win20–1United States Joe PhillipsUD101981-01-17United States Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, United StatesWon vacant USA New England Featherweight title.
Win19–1United States Jose ResendezUD81980-11-01United States Caesars Tahoe, Stateline, Nevada, United States
Win18–1United States Pedro GonzalezKO41980-10-09United States Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Win17–1United States Jose ResendezUD101980-08-27United States Silver Slipper, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win16–1Manuel MartinezKO31980-07-11United States Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Win15–1United States Lionel HarneyKO6 (10)1980-04-16United States Silver Slipper, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win14–1Billy MartinezKO21980-04-02United States Silver Slipper, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win13–1United States Roberto FloresKO1 (6)1980-01-23United States Silver Slipper, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win12–1United States Luis AvilaPTS61979-12-12United States Silver Slipper, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win11–1United States Ruben MorenoUD61979-10-24United States Silver Slipper, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss10–1United States Beto NunezPTS61979-09-13United States Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Win10–0Mexico Francisco PicoUD61979-08-29United States Silver Slipper, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win9–0United States Desi NewbillUD61979-08-10United States Coliseum, San Diego, California, United States
Win8–0Ricardo HurtadoKO11979-08-02United States Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Win7–0United States Adolfo HurtadoUD61979-07-25United States Silver Slipper, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win6–0United States John PapinUD61979-06-27United States Silver Slipper, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win5–0United States Ney SantiagoTKO6 (6)1979-06-06United States Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win4–0United States Eddie BracettyPTS61979-02-03United States Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Win3–0United States Eddie BracettyPTS61978-12-21United States Portland, Maine, United States
Win2–0Jose MaldonadoKO61978-09-16United States Yarmouth, Massachusetts, United States
Win1–0Roberto VasquezPTS61978-08-24United States Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Boxing trainer[edit]

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 mid-way 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 Wildcard Club.

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 super welterweight Champion) Training Stretch for his WBO Middleweight Championship challenge against Chris Eubanks 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 has trained 27 world champions to date 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.[12] 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.[13] Roach has also trained many other prominent mixed martial artists, such as: pro-boxer and kickboxer, and former EliteXC Lightweight Champion, K.J. Noons,[14] Roger Huerta,[15] and Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou.[16] In March 2010, Roach expressed interest in wanting to train former Pride FC and WAMMA Heavyweight champion, Fedor Emelianenko.[17]

Parkinson's disease[edit]

Roach suffers from Parkinson's disease.[18][19] 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 hand-eye coordination that he has to exhibit have made it possible to slow the progress of the disease.

Honors[edit]

Boxers trained[edit]

Key[edit]

-Former World Champions
*Current World Champions
NationalityNameWeight ClassNotes
England English-Amir KhanLight Welterweight
Mexico MexicanAndy RuizHeavyweight
Philippines FilipinoBernabe ConcepcionFeatherweight
Republic of Ireland Irish-Bernard DunneSuper Bantamweight
United States American-Bernard HopkinsLight Heavyweight
Philippines FilipinoBobby PacquiaoLightweight
United States AmericanBrian MintoCruiserweight
United States American*Brian ViloriaFlyweight
Scotland ScottishCraig McEwanMiddleweight
United States AmericanDaniel JacobsMiddleweight
United States AmericanDavid RodelaSuper Featherweight
Russia Russian-Dimitri KirilovSuper Flyweight
Philippines FilipinoDiosdado GabiBantamweight
United States AmericanEfrain Esquivias, Jr.Super Bantamweight
United States American-Frankie LilesSuper Middleweight
England English-Gary StretchSuper Welterweight
Cuba Cuban*Guillermo RigondeauxSuper Bantamweight
Philippines Filipino-Gerry PeñalosaBantamweight
Mexico Mexican-Israel VasquezSuper Bantamweight
United States American-James ToneyHeavyweight
Republic of Ireland IrishJamie KavanaghSuper Lightweight
Denmark Danish-Johnny BredahlBantamweight
Venezuela Venezuelan-Jorge LinaresLightweight
United States AmericanJosé BenavidezLight Welterweight
Mexico MexicanJuan LazcanoLightweight
Mexico Mexican-Julio César Chávez, Jr.Middleweight
Armenia ArmenianKahren HarutyunyanBantamweight
Nigeria NigerianKingsley IkekeSuper Middleweight
Nigeria NigerianLateef KayodeCruiserweight
Netherlands Dutch-Lucia Rijker(w)Light Welterweight
Philippines Filipino-Manny PacquiaoWelterweight
United States American-Marlon StarlingWelterweight
Philippines FilipinoMichael DomingoBantamweight
United States American- Michael MoorerLight Heavyweight
United States AmericanMickey RourkeLight Heavyweight
Puerto Rico Puerto Rican- Miguel CottoLight Middleweight
United States American-Mike TysonHeavyweight
United States American-Oscar De La HoyaWelterweightOnly for his fight with Mayweather (2007).
Jamaica Jaimacan-O'Neil BellCruiserweight
United States AmericanPeter Manfredo Jr.Middleweight
United States AmericanPeter QuillinMiddleweight
Mexico MexicanRaymundo BeltránLightweight
Philippines FilipinoRey BautistaFeatherweight
Russia Russian-Roman KarmazinLight Heavyweight
Russia Russian-Ruslan ProvodnikovWelterweight
Republic of Ireland Irish-Steve CollinsSuper Middleweight
Armenia ArmenianVanes MartirosyanSuper Welterweight
United States American-Virgil HillLight Heavyweight
Republic of Ireland Irish-Wayne McCulloughLight Welterweight
Ukraine Ukrainian*Wladimir KlitschkoHeavyweight(former assistant trainer)
Nigeria NigerianWale OmotosoWelterweight
United States AmericanWillie JorrinSuper Bantamweight
Philippines Filipinoalfie jocosolSuper Flyweight

Other[edit]

As of August 1, 2011:

NameOccupationReason forDurationNotes
United States O'Neal, ShaquilleShaquille O'NealFormer NBA playerShaq Vs.2 EpisodesHelped train Shaq for both Oscar De La Hoya and Shane Mosley[23]
United States Wahlberg, MarkMark WahlbergActorThe Fighter-Helped train him for his role in the movie[24]

Mixed martial artists trained[edit]

Key[edit]

-Former World Champions
*Current World Champions
NationalityNameWeight ClassNotes
Brazil Brazilian-Anderson SilvaMiddleweight
Belarus Belarusian-Andrei ArlovskiHeavyweight
United States American-B.J. PennLightweight
Japan Japanese-Caol UnoLightweight
England EnglishDan HardyWelterweight
United States American-Frank MirHeavyweight
Armenia Armenian-Gegard MousasiLight Heavyweight
Philippines Filipino*Patrick CostalesWelterweight
Brazil Brazilian*José AldoFeatherweight
United States American-K.J. NoonsLightweight
United States AmericanMark MunozMiddleweight
Brazil Brazilian-Maurício RuaLight Heavyweight
Cameroon CameroonianRameau Thierry SokoudjouLight Heavyweight
United States AmericanRoger HuertaLightweight
United States American-Tito OrtizLight Heavyweight
Canada Canadian-Georges St.PierreWelterweight

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roach goes from 'coach' to 'master' - Fightnews
  2. ^ No denying Freddie Roach is the very best - Boxing - Yahoo! Sports
  3. ^ Freddie Roach - Boxrec Boxing Encyclopaedia
  4. ^ Freddie Roach - Boxrec Boxing Encyclopaedia
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ Profile of Roach-trained prospect Benavidez - Top Rank Boxing
  7. ^ Peter Quillin to train with Freddie Roach
  8. ^ [hciarijker.net/news.html Lucia Rijker Official Website News Section][dead link]
  9. ^ "Freddie Roach Professional boxing record". BoxRec.com. 
  10. ^ http://www.thesweetscience.com/boxing-article/3482/freddie-roach-takes-center-stage/[dead link]
  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. ^ Boxing's Freddie Roach working with Andrei Arlovski – Yahoo! Sports
  13. ^ It Begins: GSP Honing His Knuckle-Game With Freddie Roach
  14. ^ Former EliteXC champ K.J. Noons drops decision in weekend boxing bout NMAjunkie.com
  15. ^ http://rogerhuerta.com/bio.html
  16. ^ Freddie Roach really likes training NMA fighters – Watch Kalib Run
  17. ^ Freddie Roach ruminates on NMA fighters' boxing abilities at the USATODAY.com
  18. ^ Lawrence Donegan (5 December 2008). "Big interview: Amir Khan's trainer Freddie Roach". The Guardian. 
  19. ^ FREDDIE ROACH PREDICTS ARLOVSKI TO KO FEDOR- MMA WEEKLY - Mixed Martial Arts & UFC News, Photos, Rankings & more
  20. ^ abs-cbnnews, Pacquiao coach Freddie Roach gets WBC award
  21. ^ philboxing.com, FREDDIE ROACH RECEIVES WBC AWARD
  22. ^ http://boxrec.com/media/index.php?title=Human:3014
  23. ^ http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2010/jul/08/shaquille-oneal-hits-las-vegas-take-shane-mosley-b/
  24. ^ http://www.howcelebsgetfit.com/mark-wahlberg-fitness-program-for-the-fighter/

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