Boxing: Trainer Roach honoured ahead of Zou’s Showdown at Sands
- Updated: February 26, 2015
February 26, 2015: Freddie Roach won the Eddie Futch Award for a record seventh time after being named the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) Trainer of the Year for 2014.
Roach, 54, is currently training Zou Shiming for his first world title bid as the Chinese star prepares to challenge undefeated Thai Amnat Ruenroeng for the IBF flyweight belt in ‘The Showdown at Sands’ at The Venetian Macao on March 7.
Despite winning for an ongoing-record seventh time, Roach said the award remained significant to him as it was named after Eddie Futch (1911-2001), who trained Roach during the latter’s pro boxing career and later took him on as his assistant.
“Words cannot express how much winning an award with Eddie Futch’s name on it means to me. I’d like to thank the BWAA for this honour,” said Roach, who won the award for a second straight year, having previously won it in 2003, 2006 and three straight times from 2008.
“My name may be on the plaque, but I am just a representative of the collective hard work and dedication from the most talented and hardest-working fighters and assistant trainers in the world. It is a privilege to work with them.”
Roach, who owns the Wild Card Boxing Club in Los Angeles, has trained almost 30 current or former world champions and is a frequent visitor to Macau in his role as trainer of both Zou and eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao.
Futch helped Don Jordan to the world welterweight championship in 1958 and trained or co-trained world champions Joe Frazier, Ken Norton, Larry Holmes, Trevor Berbick – four of the five men to defeat Muhammad Ali – Michael Spinks and Riddick Bowe.