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PRIMER: Freddie Roach

June 27th, 2012, byCarla Amurao

Photo courtesy: Van Evers, Tavis Smiley Media, Inc.

Airdate | Thursday, June 28, 2012

Hometown | Dedham, MA

Why You (Should) Know Him

  • As one of the world’s most renowned boxing trainers, Roach also boasts a clientele that pack a punch—this includes Amir Khan, Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. and Manny Pacquiao.
  • He’s the owner of the world famous Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, CA.

Why He’s Buzzing | While his presence is seen mostly ringside or closely behind his clients, Roach’s life is dissected, and we are given a raw, behind-the-scenes look in the HBO cinéma-vérité series, On Freddie Roach. Emmy-nominated director Peter Berg joins Roach for the conversation. Furthermore, he’ll be on the radar again come July 14, when his fighter Amir Khan goes head-to-head against Danny Garcia.

Trivia

  • He was voted Trainer of the Year by the Boxing Writers Association of America in 2003, 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2010.
  • His father, Paul Roach, was the New England featherweight champion.
  • Roach trained as a boxer as a youth alongside his brothers, Dominic Pepen “Pepper” and Joey. By 1978, he began professionally fighting in the lightweight class. On June 11, 1982, the Fighting Roach Brothers all had bouts at the Boston Garden. Pepper and Joey won their bouts, but Freddie lost in a unanimous decision at the main event against Rafael Lopez.
  • By age 26, Roach went into retirement after showing early signs of Parkinson’s disease. The disease is held at bay with medication and training with boxers.
  • After retirement, Roach worked odd jobs around Las Vegas before becoming an unpaid assistant to his former trainer Eddie Futch.
  • Roach helped train Mark Wahlberg for his role as Micky Ward in the 2010 film The Fighter. Roach and his brothers fought and grew up with Ward and Ward’s brother, Dicky Eklund, as discussed in the video below.

Selection of Honors

2006     California Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee (as a non-boxer)
2008     World Boxing Council Lifetime Achievement Award

Freddie Roach: how I trained The Fighter star Mark Wahlberg

On Freddie Roach trailer, directed by Peter Berg

Last modified: June 27, 2012 at 2:19 pm