Boxing trainer Freddie Roach is featured in the October issue of Playboy (on newsstands now).
The feature—The Unstompable Roach—talks about how Roach grew up among a family of fighters (including his mother, who was New England’s first female boxing judge) and went on to become a fighter. Says Roach of his childhood: “Tough household…She broke up one of our fights with an aluminum baseball bat. Hit my brother over the head with it twice—clang, clang!”
Roach’s career as a boxer in Las Vegas is detailed in the article – he peaked in 1981 with a record of 27-1. Though, after taking several hundred shots to the head during his last six fights, Roach endured what was likely the cause of his Parkinson’s disease—also known as the “punch-drunk” condition – that also affects Muhammad Ali.
Roach is currently best-known as a trainer to such stars as Mickey Rourke, Christian Bale, and Mark Wahlberg, and the WBO reigning champion Manny Pacquiao. In the article, he talks about how Manny could defeat Floyd Mayweather and his other thoughts/experiences as a trainer.
Pick up your issue of October’s Playboy on newsstands today, the cover is Porn star Sasha Grey.
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