Freddie’s Magic Touch

By: Brandon Stubbs

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Much has been said in the recent days after Amir Khan TKO lost to Danny Garcia, that Khan should part ways with storied and now Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach. Fans took to Twitter and voiced their displeasure with Roach and feel he was the lone reason for Amir came up short in his latest bout. This isn’t the first time Freddie has under fire as of late, which now begs the question is he losing his magic touch in the corner?




First let’s take a look of Roach trained fighters as of late. Okay there is pound for pound juggernaut Manny Pacquiao. He is the biggest star under Roach and the Wild Card Gym banner. For Manny, he has looked less spectacular over the last few years. He is coming off a controversial loss to Tim Bradley in June in which he didn’t have the same type of work rate we’ve seen in the past. Prior to that was another close & questionable win over Juan Manuel Marquez in November of 2010. He took on an over the hill Shane Mosley in a win, laid a beating to Antonio Margarito but was also unable take him out in 12 rounds.

Next we can look at the before mention Khan, who has been under his watch of Roach for his last ten fights and going 8-2 with two straight loses. Khan has always showed sharp boxing skills but had questionable heart to become a true great in the sport. Too many times he has broken from the game plan and took unneeded chances, which is reason why he has now taken two straight defeats. The last big name Roach trains is Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Out of the big three fighters at the camp, Chavez Jr is the lone fighter not to taste defeat with Freddie in his corner. But that may be more of Chavez Jr’s promoter Top Rank babying him along and putting him against lower lever competition. This will all change in September when he has far and away his toughest test yet when he takes on Sergio Martinez for the middleweight championship. There are others who have also fallen on hard times for Roach. Jorge Linares, once much hyped lightweight prospect has lost two straight. Lateef Kayode, cruiserweight contender is coming off a lame draw with aged Antonio Tarver. And then there is lightweight fighter Raymundo Beltran who is a loser of two out of his last three.

As you can tell there is a trend here. Some wonder if all awards and accolades have gone to Roach’s head over the past few years. He was inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame this year and has won multiple trainer of the year awards from various boxing councils over the last ten years. Or could it be that his voice has worn thin with his championship fighters? Maybe he is starting to get worn out of the demands of being a top level trainer in sport? He has been a trainer for over 20 years in the business, doing so as he lives with Parkinson’s disease.


Until Freddie’s stars turn it around, I don’t see the critics or the fans getting off his back anytime soon. There is still time this year for him to prove us wrong that he still has it with the Martinez-Chaves Jr showdown coming in September and Manny planning to get back in the ring sometime in November against an opponent yet to be named. Also, with upcoming super middleweight Peter Quillin, who is on the brink of stardom and should be back in action before the year is out, there still a lot Freddie Roach has to offer this great sport of boxing and it’s talent.  Lets just hope the world of boxing fans open their eyes and ears to listen.

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