Freddie Roach (boxing)

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Freddie Roach
Freddie Roach.jpg
Freddie Roach in December 2008
Statistics
Real name Frederick Roach
Nickname(s) Master Roach[1][2]
La Cucaracha[3]
The Choir Boy[4]
Rated at Featherweight
Super Featherweight
Lightweight
Nationality American
Born (1960-03-05) March 5, 1960 (age 54)
Dedham, Massachusetts
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 53
Wins 40
Wins by KO 15
Losses 13
Draws 0
No contests 0

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

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 hand-eye coordination that he has to exhibit have made it possible to slow the progress of the disease.

Honors[edit]

  • 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"[22][23]
  • 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[edit]

Key[edit]

- Former World Champions
* Current World Champions
  • Fighters whose names are in italics are training with Roach.[24]
Nationality Name Weight Class Notes
United Kingdom British -Amir Khan Light Welterweight
Philippines Filipino -Ana Julaton(w) Super Bantamweight
Mexico Mexican Andy Ruiz Heavyweight
Philippines Filipino Bernabe Concepcion Featherweight
Republic of Ireland Irish -Bernard Dunne Super Bantamweight
United States American -Bernard Hopkins Light Heavyweight
Philippines Filipino Bobby Pacquiao Lightweight
United States American Brian Minto Cruiserweight
United States American -Brian Viloria Flyweight
United Kingdom British Craig McEwan Middleweight
United States American Daniel Jacobs Middleweight
United States American David Rodela Super Featherweight
Russia Russian -Dimitri Kirilov Super Flyweight
Philippines Filipino Diosdado Gabi Bantamweight
United States American Efrain Esquivias, Jr. Super Bantamweight
United States American -Frankie Liles Super Middleweight
United Kingdom British -Gary Stretch Super Welterweight
Cuba Cuban *Guillermo Rigondeaux Super Bantamweight
Philippines Filipino -Gerry Peñalosa Bantamweight
Mexico Mexican -Israel Vasquez Super Bantamweight
United States American -James Toney Heavyweight
Republic of Ireland Irish Jamie Kavanagh Lightweight
Denmark Danish -Johnny Bredahl Bantamweight
Venezuela Venezuelan -Jorge Linares Lightweight
United States American José Benavidez Light Welterweight
Mexico Mexican Juan Lazcano Lightweight
Mexico Mexican -Julio César Chávez, Jr. Middleweight
Armenia Armenian Kahren Harutyunyan Bantamweight
Nigeria Nigerian Kingsley Ikeke Super Middleweight
Nigeria Nigerian Lateef Kayode Cruiserweight
Netherlands Dutch -Lucia Rijker(w) Light Welterweight
Philippines Filipino *Manny Pacquiao Welterweight
United States American -Marlon Starling Welterweight
Philippines Filipino Michael Domingo Bantamweight
Philippines Filipino Michael Farenas Super Featherweight
United States American - Michael Moorer Light Heavyweight
United States American Mickey Rourke Light Heavyweight
Puerto Rico Puerto Rican *Miguel Cotto Middleweight
United States American -Mike Tyson Heavyweight
United States American -Oscar De La Hoya Welterweight Only for his fight with Mayweather (2007).
Jamaica Jaimacan -O'Neil Bell Cruiserweight
United States American Peter Manfredo Jr. Middleweight
United States American Peter Quillin Middleweight
Mexico Mexican Raymundo Beltrán Lightweight
Philippines Filipino Rey Bautista Featherweight
Russia Russian -Roman Karmazin Light Heavyweight
Russia Russian -Ruslan Provodnikov Light Welterweight
Republic of Ireland Irish -Steve Collins Super Middleweight
Armenia Armenian Vanes Martirosyan Super Welterweight
United States American -Virgil Hill Light Heavyweight
Republic of Ireland Irish -Wayne McCullough Light Welterweight
Ukraine Ukrainian *Wladimir Klitschko Heavyweight (former assistant trainer)
Nigeria Nigerian Wale Omotoso Welterweight
United States American Willie Jorrin Super Bantamweight
China Chinese Zou Shiming Flyweight

Other[edit]

As of August 1, 2011:

Name Occupation Reason for Duration Notes
United States O'Neal, ShaquilleShaquille O'Neal Former NBA player Shaq Vs. 2 Episodes Helped train Shaq for both Oscar De La Hoya and Shane Mosley[25]
United States Wahlberg, MarkMark Wahlberg Actor The Fighter - Helped train him for his role in the movie[26]

Notable mixed martial artists trained[edit]

Key[edit]

- Former World Champions
* Current World Champions
Nationality Name Weight Class Notes
Brazil Brazilian -Anderson Silva Middleweight
Belarus Belarusian -Andrei Arlovski Heavyweight
United States American -B.J. Penn Lightweight
Japan Japanese -Caol Uno Lightweight
England English Dan Hardy Welterweight
United States American -Frank Mir Heavyweight
Armenia Armenian -Gegard Mousasi Light Heavyweight
Brazil Brazilian *José Aldo Featherweight
United States American -K.J. Noons Lightweight
United States American Mark Munoz Middleweight
Brazil Brazilian -Maurício Rua Light Heavyweight
Cameroon Cameroonian Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou Light Heavyweight
United States American Roger Huerta Lightweight
United States American -Tito Ortiz Light Heavyweight
Canada Canadian -Georges St-Pierre Welterweight

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. ^ 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 – Yahoo! Sports
  15. ^ It Begins: GSP Honing His Knuckle-Game With Freddie Roach
  16. ^ Former EliteXC champ K.J. Noons drops decision in weekend boxing bout NMAjunkie.com
  17. ^ http://rogerhuerta.com/bio.html
  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
  22. ^ abs-cbnnews, Pacquiao coach Freddie Roach gets WBC award
  23. ^ philboxing.com, FREDDIE ROACH RECEIVES WBC AWARD
  24. ^ http://boxrec.com/media/index.php?title=Human:3014
  25. ^ http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2010/jul/08/shaquille-oneal-hits-las-vegas-take-shane-mosley-b/
  26. ^ http://www.howcelebsgetfit.com/mark-wahlberg-fitness-program-for-the-fighter/

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