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article imageFreddie Roach, Peter Berg get together in a new HBO boxing series

By Leo Reyes     May 25, 2011 in Sports
Top boxing trainer Freddie Roach takes center stage as himself in a starring role in a new HBO boxing reality series entitled "On Freddie Roach" which will debut early next year.
The six-part series will revolve around the life of the popular trainer who owns the equally popular Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood where top boxers from around the world train.
Peter Berg, the executive producer of "Friday Night Lights" will produce the series along with HBO announcer Jim Lampley, Sarah Aubrey and Michael Price.
"HBO’s enthusiasm in supporting a less-conventional, verite style of storytelling is why they continue to create original and truly innovative programming,” Berg said in the announcement.
The crew began filming about two weeks before Manny Pacquiao beat Shane Mosley in a lopsided fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
"We start filming more of the show this week. They stopped in (Tuesday) to get a look at the gym and see the atmosphere and see who the characters are at my gym. I have some interesting friends," Roach said with a laugh.
"This show will give a broader picture of my life and the people I take care of and the people that take care of me. It will be much broader than just getting one fighter ready for a fight. You're not going to catch me at home too often though. The gym will be the focal point of the show." reports.
The series is a six-part show that will highlight Freddie Roach's daily routine from sun up to sun down, capped by his daily encounter with aspiring boxers and boxing celebrities at the Wild Card Gym, including Manny Pacquiao, Amir Khan, Julio Chavez, among others.
"We are truly excited about this innovative new reality series that will allow HBO to partner with Peter Berg," said Michael Lombardo, president of HBO programming, in a statement. "Freddie Roach is an extraordinary person and many of our subscribers are familiar with his superior work in training some of the world's premier fighters. This will be a fascinating and unique series."
Roach, who is still single at 51, has been voted trainer of the year by the Boxing Writers Association of America for the years 2003, 2006, 2008 and 2009. He was inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame in 2006.
He hails from Dedham, Massachusetts and was a former professional boxer in the lightweight division before he pursued a career as a professional boxing trainer.
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