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Roman Martinez training for Mikey Garcia fight

DORADO, PUERTO RICO- World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior lightweight champion, Roman “Rocky” Martinez is in an intense training for his third title defense against former WBO featherweight champion Miguel Angel “Mikey” Garcia to be held on November 9 at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas, in a Top Rank presentation to be broadcasted on HBO.

The Puerto Rican Martinez (27-1-2, 16 KOs) showed great stamina today when after his floor exercises starting his training, he worked four rounds of pads with trainer Freddie Trinidad, then four rounds with the punching bag and four rounds in the speed bag, ending his work with exercises for his neck, jaw and sit ups.

“This training camp have been very hard. Now, we are in the hardest stage but I feel good because I’m a boxer who is always training”, Martinez said before started his work and when he weighed in 147 pounds with the training clothes. “I’m comfortable in the weight and with my meals. We are working good ending my sessions in 138 or 139 pounds”.

Martinez, who come off a win over Diego Magdaleno on April in China, is happy also with his sparring sessions. As sparring partners, Martinez is working with world contender Luis “El Artesano” Cruz and prospect Miguel Marrero.

“We are working so good with my sparrings Luis Cruz and Miguel Marrero, and we are looking another boxer with the style like Mikey Garcia for the final weeks”, Martinez said.

About Mikey Garcia (32-0, 27 KOs), the unbeaten former WBO featherweight champion and actually ranked #1 by the WBO in the junior lightweight division, Martinez said that “Mikey Garcia is a great boxer, a young fighter who box and is a good puncher, but we are working for his style. We are making our work to face Mikey Garcia”.

HBO’s hit series ‘On Freddie Roach’ makes UK debut on BoxNation this weekend

LONDON (9 Oct) – HBO’s hit ‘On Freddie Roach’ series will make its UK bow this weekend with all six episodes to be screened back-to-back on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546).

The innovative reality series, directed by renowned filmmaker Peter Berg, delves into the life of one of boxing’s most esteemed trainers, Freddie Roach, who owns and operates the famed Wildcard Boxing Club in Hollywood, California.

Recognised for producing and working with a long line of world champions, the intimate cinema vérité style series gives a raw and unscripted insight into the mindset and workings of one of the world’s leading coaches.

This intensely personal look captures Roach as he trains his fighters during their most critical stages, plays host to a continuous stream of celebrity visitors, finds time to sort through and balance his myriad of outside interests, and manages his new role with USA Boxing, all while fighting Parkinson’s disease, an ailment very likely linked to his own boxing past.

“We filmed for a whole year and it was a lot of fun doing it,“ said Roach. “I don’t hold back and it was truly me. Someone said to me after watching the series ‘I’ve never seen that dark side to you before’, and, I have a dark side and a bad temper and I get mad – I let them know that’s part of my life. That’s the great thing about the show they never asked me to do anything and you truly see my life – the fun parts, the bad parts, the sad parts,” he said.

Roach has been battling Parkinson’s disease since the age of just 29 but the Dedham born trainer, who has worked with the likes of Mike Tyson, Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan, has always been very forthright about his illness, something reflected in the series.

“I’m a very open person and if someone has a question about my Parkinson’s I have no problem ever giving them the truth and that’s one thing I really like about the show, everything in it is true. Parkinson’s is part of my life I didn’t just want to give them the good parts or just the parts I wanted them to see,” said Roach.

“It’s my life and gives people a look at what I go through every day. Sometimes it’s a struggle, but when you win big fights it brings a lot of happiness, that’s what makes me tick – winning fights,” said Roach.

Episodes 1, 2 and 3 will be screened back-to-back this Saturday 12 October from 9pm on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546), with episodes 4, 5 and 6 aired back-to-back the day after on Sunday 13 October at 9pm.

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SONNY UPTON isn’t at all fazed about making his professional debut on foreign soil.

The Ricky Hatton-trained welterweight prospect will have his first taste of the ranks on the undercard of stable mate Sergey Rabchenko’s European title defence to Cedric Vitu in Vratsa, Bulgaria on November 16.

And having fought in international tournaments as an amateur, the Anglo-Irish 24-year-old sees the fight’s location as merely a place with another ring for him to shine in.

“I’ve boxed in America eight or nine times, I’ve been to Albania, Germany and I boxed in the World Championships so I’ve been about and boxing away doesn’t bother me,” he said.

“Boxing is a very lonely sport so it’s actually good to be on Sergey’s bill because it means we can train together like a team.

“I can’t wait to get in there. I don’t know how many months I’ve been training with Ricky, but everything we’ve been working on has come together nicely. I’ve got a lot stronger and now it’s about showing how I’ve adapted from an amateur to a professional.”

Sonny’s pro berth may well see him get a little more time to make that adaption as, unlike most debutants, it’s likely he’ll be going straight into a six round bout rather the usual four.

“They don’t really do four-rounders too much in Europe so I’ve been told I’ll probably be doing a six-rounder, which I prefer if I’m honest,” he stated. “It’ll give me more time to see what my opponent’s about before I open up.

“I think Ricky and the team are going to get me a decent enough opponent, one that has a go and tests me rather than swinging handbags.

“I don’t want to go in there and try and punch my opponents lights out, I want to take my time and learn things.”

Ricky Hatton said: “Sonny’s a real talented kid, a nice mover and a wonderful boxer.

“He’s only been with us for a few months and seeing the improvement he’s made in that time gets me excited about what he’s going to be like when he’s had 12 months under his belt.”

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