Freddie Roach (boxing)
Freddie Roach in December 2008
|Real name||Frederick Roach|
The Choir Boy
March 5, 1960 |
|Wins by KO||15|
Frederick Steven "Freddie" Roach (born March 5, 1960) is an American boxing trainer and a former professional boxer. Roach is of Irish and French Canadian descent. Roach is one of the best-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, 2010 and 2013. He is the boxing coach of former UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre, eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao, five-time and four-division World Champion Miguel Cotto, former WBC Middleweight Champion Julio César Chávez, Jr. as well as top prospects Jose Benavidez, Peter Quillin and Vanes Martirosyan. Roach was also the trainer of former two-time world champion and notable women's champion Lucia Rijker. Roach has also trained former junior welterweight champion Amir Khan.
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
|40 Wins (15 knockouts, 25 decisions), 13 Losses (3 knockouts, 10 decisions), 0 Draws|
|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||Hector 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|
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. 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 Wild Card Boxing Club on Vine Street.
Roach owns the Wild Card Boxing Club in Los Angeles and works alongside his brother Pepper. He is one of the most popular trainers in boxing. 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. Zachary "Kid Yamaka" Wohlman is the first amateur he has trained, and is now a pro. 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. 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. Roach has also trained many other prominent mixed martial artists, such as: pro-boxer and kickboxer, and former EliteXC Lightweight Champion, K.J. Noons, Roger Huerta, and Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou. In March 2010, Roach expressed interest in wanting to train former Pride FC and WAMMA Heavyweight champion, Fedor Emelianenko.
Roach suffers from Parkinson's disease. 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.
- 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 Boxing Writers Association of America Trainer of the Year
- 2008 World Boxing Council (WBC) "Lifetime Achievement Award"
- 2012 INTERNATIONAL BOXING HALL OF FAME (Canastota, NY USA) Non-participant Inductee (Trainer of World Champions)
- 2013 Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame Inaugural Inductee ("Trainers" Category)
Notable boxers trained
|−||Former World Champions
|*||Current World Champions|
- Fighters whose names are in italics are training with Roach.
|British||−Amir Khan||Light Welterweight|
|Filipino||−Ana Julaton(w)||Super Bantamweight|
|Irish||−Bernard Dunne||Super Bantamweight|
|American||−Bernard Hopkins||Light Heavyweight|
|American||David Rodela||Super Featherweight|
|Russian||−Dimitri Kirilov||Super Flyweight|
|American||Efrain Esquivias, Jr.||Super Bantamweight|
|American||−Frankie Liles||Super Middleweight|
|British||−Gary Stretch||Super Welterweight|
|Cuban||*Guillermo Rigondeaux||Super Bantamweight|
|Mexican||−Israel Vasquez||Super Bantamweight|
|American||José Benavidez||Light Welterweight|
|Mexican||−Julio César Chávez, Jr.||Middleweight|
|Nigerian||Kingsley Ikeke||Super Middleweight|
|Dutch||−Lucia Rijker(w)||Light Welterweight|
|Filipino||Michael Farenas||Super Featherweight|
|American||− Michael Moorer||Light Heavyweight|
|American||Mickey Rourke||Light Heavyweight|
|Puerto Rican||*Miguel Cotto||Middleweight|
|American||−Oscar De La Hoya||Welterweight||Only for his fight with Mayweather (2007).|
|American||Peter Manfredo Jr.||Middleweight|
|Russian||−Roman Karmazin||Light Heavyweight|
|Russian||Ruslan Provodnikov||Light Welterweight|
|Irish||−Steve Collins||Super Middleweight|
|Armenian||Vanes Martirosyan||Super Welterweight|
|American||−Virgil Hill||Light Heavyweight|
|Irish||−Wayne McCullough||Light Welterweight|
|Ukrainian||*Wladimir Klitschko||Heavyweight||(former assistant trainer)|
|American||Willie Jorrin||Super Bantamweight|
As of August 1, 2011:
|O'Neal, ShaquilleShaquille O'Neal||Former NBA player||Shaq Vs.||2 Episodes||Trainer for Shaquille O'Neal for both Oscar De La Hoya and Shane Mosley matches|
|Wahlberg, MarkMark Wahlberg||Actor||The Fighter||-||Trainer for Mark Wahlberg|
Notable mixed martial artists trained
|−||Former World Champions|
|*||Current World Champions|
|Armenian||−Gegard Mousasi||Light Heavyweight|
|Brazilian||−Maurício Rua||Light Heavyweight|
|Cameroonian||Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou||Light Heavyweight|
|American||−Tito Ortiz||Light Heavyweight|
- Roach goes from 'coach' to 'master' – Fightnews
- No denying Freddie Roach is the very best – Boxing – Yahoo! Sports
- Freddie Roach – Boxrec Boxing Encyclopaedia
- Profile of Roach-trained prospect Benavidez – Top Rank Boxing
- Peter Quillin to train with Freddie Roach
- Lucia Rijker Official Website News Section[dead link]
- "Freddie Roach Professional boxing record". BoxRec.com.
- Thesweetscience.com[dead link]
- Pepper Roach Interview on Manny Pacquiao vs Miguel Cotto, Floyd Mayweather Jr, James Toney, Oscar De La Hoya, Bernard Hopkins, Prediction and More!
- Chelin, Pamela (October 3, 2013). "Zachary Wohlman, aka 'Kid Yamaka,' Is Boxing's Great Jewish Hope". LA Weekly. Retrieved March 31, 2014.
- "Zachary Wohlman, a.k.a. Kid Yamaka". Fight Network. Retrieved March 31, 2014.
- Boxing's Freddie Roach working with Andrei Arlovski – Yahoo! Sports
- It Begins: GSP Honing His Knuckle-Game With Freddie Roach
- Former EliteXC champ K.J. Noons drops decision in weekend boxing bout NMAjunkie.com
- Freddie Roach really likes training NMA fighters – Watch Kalib Run
- Freddie Roach ruminates on NMA fighters' boxing abilities at the USATODAY.com
- Lawrence Donegan (December 5, 2008). "Big interview: Amir Khan's trainer Freddie Roach". The Guardian.
- FREDDIE ROACH PREDICTS ARLOVSKI TO KO FEDOR- MMA WEEKLY – Mixed Martial Arts & UFC News, Photos, Rankings & more
- Abs-cbnnews, Pacquiao coach Freddie Roach gets WBC award
- Philboxing.com, FREDDIE ROACH RECEIVES WBC AWARD
- Las Vegas Sun
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