Hall of Fame Boxing Trainer Freddie Roach Visits Sportstalk [AUDIO]
One of boxing’s legendary trainers made a special in-studio appearance to 600 ESPN El Paso Sportstalk. Freddie Roach, who was preparing Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. for his WBC Middleweight title defense against Andy Lee talked boxing with Steve Kaplowitz. Less than a week earlier, Roach was involved in one of the sport’s most controversial decisions. Despite dominating his opponent for much of the 12 rounds, Manny Pacquiao, who is also trained by Roach, lost a split decision to Timothy Bradley. While he was getting Pacquiao ready for his big fight, Chavez Jr. was preparing for Lee with his father, Julio Cesar Chavez.
“Julio Cesar Chavez had been helping out quite a bit with his son. His dad did a very good job. We were talking about how to fight southpaws and we both have the same idea.”
“(The Hall of Fame ceremony) was a lot of fun. Some of the guys spoke too long and other guys spoke too short. My speech was nice and short. I think they appreciated it.”
“Chavez Jr. is getting better and better. At one time in his life, he didn’t have much of an amateur career and he was kind of training himself and was a little bit lazy. When he came to me, he saw one of Pacquaio’s workouts and he said ‘I want that.’ He’s never said no to me once. He works really, really hard and he’s very dedicated.”