The 2003 “Trainer of the Year” Freddie Roach must be very proud of his Filipino boxers after they won two championship titles last year.
Spearheaded by Manny Pacquiao, three Filipinos scored sensational knockout victories at Los Angeles’ Staples Center last September 11 on one of the biggest nights in Philippines boxing history.
Bantamweight Rey ‘Boom Boom’ Bautista set the tone for the Philippine onslaught as he knock down Felix Flores with a devastating right hand at 1:12 in third round. Man, you should have seen it! Bautista raised his record to 15-0 win-loss with 12 knock-outs.
Brian “Hawaiian Punch” Viloria followed that up with a spectacular 1st round KO of World Boxing Council (WBC) light flyweight titlist Eric Ortiz of Mexico to become the division’s new champion. Viloria’s record advanced to 18-0 with 12 KOs. Another spectacular bout!
And lastly, Pacquiao scored a sixth round KO of Mexican Hector Velazquez to win the WBC International super featherweight championship by a barrage of left and right hooks to the head just like when I played him in EA Sports’ Fight Night.
Roach said what he liked about the Filipinos was “their work ethic.” He said they work “really hard”, which fits into his own style because, as Roach stressed, “I don’t like lazy people. If you are lazy pick a different sport. Go play checkers or something.”
Roach noted that the sport of professional boxing is “very demanding” and the Filipino fighters stick with the hours adding, “They work very hard and love what they do. It’s a good feeling because I too love what I do.”
It was an awesome boxing night with triple victories. All thanks to Freddie; we salute you for believing in the Filipino boxer.
Roach, who is also the trainer for heavyweight favorites; James Tooney and Mike Tyson, owns the popular Wild Card Gym. (Andrei)Powered by Sidelines