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De La Hoya Camp Update!

March 26, 2007

By Brad Cooney

Fightnews just caught up with Freddie Roach and got an exclusive update on Oscar De La Hoya's training camp in Puerto Rico. Roach gives us an in depth look at how camp is progressing thus far,




Freddie, how is Oscar's camp going thus far?

Oscar is going great, he's working every day, six days a week. We run at 5:30 in the morning, and we train from 6PM until 8:30PM at Wilfredo Gomez's gym, a beautiful gym. We started sparring a couple days ago, we got two guys from Philadelphia that I am impressed with. I am working with Oscar on strategy, and we are working the mits, and everything is good right now.

What have you learned about Oscar that you didn't know before you started to work with him?

Oscar has a great work ethic, he trains hard and he tells me that I am the boss, and that has happened. Oscar works very hard, we are working on his right hand. Oscar has a good right hand, but he doesn't have the confidence, so were working on it to get his confidence up.

Mayweather has done a lot of talking, how has that resonated with Oscar?

It makes winning this fight more enjoyable (laughs). We know that it's a tough fight, we have two real fast sparring partners for the fight, one is 9-0, and they are doing great. We are watching plenty of film of Mayweather, and to be honest, I am tired of watching him (laughs). Oscar has a nutritionist that cooks for him every day. Oscar left the gym yesterday at 156lbs.

Floyd will use his speed and agility, he's a smart fighter. Do you see this fight as a battle of game plans, and not a battle of ability?

Yes, definitely. Both guys have a lot of ability, they wouldn't be where they are at without that. It's going to be who can pull of the game plan. Oscar has speed also, and he has a quick left hand. I think we have a better jab than Mayweather does, and we are going to use it.

How has De La Hoya been received in Puerto Rico?

Great, we have a three-bedroom condo that we stay in, and Oscar lives about 10 minutes away. There's not a lot to do during the daytime, there is downtime. I brought a couple of books, and I study Mayweather film every day. We have a game plan, Mayweather is a great fighter, but he makes mistakes, and we will take advantage of that.

Is Oscar ahead of where you want him at thus far in camp?

He's a little ahead of track right now, his weight is good, and the thing is we are going to keep doing what were doing. Conditioning is important, and we'll have to be in great shape to keep up with this guy. Mayweather is going to be in good shape, and we know it. We are looking good, we started sparring, and I am really happy where Oscar is at right now.

How has the media been down there, have you been cramped at all by them?

We are doing OK with that. Oscar has some interviews with Spanish speaking media sometimes, I don't know what they are saying though (laughs). We are working very well with the media, and they respect me when I tell them to turn cameras off.

You mentioned sparring partners before, will Shane Mosley be coming down to help out?

Yes, Shane will be here in April. The younger guys that are already here are good because they are hungry. I told these guys that the first one to knock De La Hoya down, gets a $1000 bonus.

When do you plan on breaking camp, and heading back to America?

We have been here for two weeks, starting our third week. We will be back in America seven days before the fight.

Do you think Oscar will stop Mayweather?

I do, I think if he fights the right fight he will stop him. I think we have a big advantage in strength, and were working on other things in the ring to deal with Mayweather's speed. Oscar needs to be more physical than normal, and I am a more aggressive trainer, so we just need to be more offensive minded.

Will you use the aggressive style to get into Mayweather's head?

Yes, but it has to be a smart aggressive. It can't be a dumb aggressive, I watched Diego Corrales fight, and he just came in aggressive and took a lot of punches. We won't do that, we will fight smart.
 

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Roach is well spoken. I find it impressive that Oscar supposedly is at 156 as of NOW. That's awesome. Other than that he basically said what most trainers would say when asked the same questions. Well they couldn't ask Roger Mayweather those questions because...well...you know :)
 

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If I didn't watch boxing and were to see Roach, I would never think the guy was once a boxer and now one of the best trainers out there. He looks more like a guy you would call for tech problems with your computer.
 

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KNUCKLE UP said:
If I didn't watch boxing and were to see Roach, I would never think the guy was once a boxer and now one of the best trainers out there. He looks more like a guy you would call for tech problems with your computer.
HAHAHA! Him and Teddy Atlas! He is a great trainer though.
 

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I noticed that "OK" seems to be his favorite word
if u watch the fights that hes trained in after everything he says is "OK" at least 100 times during the fight
 

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I think Roach is over rated the guy's got parkinsons desease what kind of mitts work could he be doing ,certantly not the show Roger and PBF put on, I think Oscar would have been better serve by a Teddy Atlas or Manny Stuward again
 

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HUGOBOX said:
I think Roach is over rated the guy's got parkinsons desease what kind of mitts work could he be doing ,certantly not the show Roger and PBF put on, I think Oscar would have been better serve by a Teddy Atlas or Manny Stuward again
You're crazy man. Roach is great. To mock his unfortunate disease is, well, nevermind. I will however agree that he would have been better with Atlas as I think he is one of the great minds in the sport. That guy can tell you exactly how boxer A will beat boxer B in every fight and visa versa.

Bottom line though is there is a fight for May 5th and we'll see what happens. That big left hook wont be too much trouble for floyd as he keeps that right hand up in great defense against any possible shots to his right side of his head.

The only way Oscar will win is by KO, which wont happen.
 

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PrettyBoyFloyd said:
You're crazy man. Roach is great. To mock his unfortunate disease is, well, nevermind. I will however agree that he would have been better with Atlas as I think he is one of the great minds in the sport. That guy can tell you exactly how boxer A will beat boxer B in every fight and visa versa.

Bottom line though is there is a fight for May 5th and we'll see what happens. That big left hook wont be too much trouble for floyd as he keeps that right hand up in great defense against any possible shots to his right side of his head.

The only way Oscar will win is by KO, which wont happen.
ok fanboy. :laugh:
 

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I did'nt mean to mock the guy,it just seems he's some what limited and in a fight like this one,they could have done better, but then again only the fight it self will tell
 

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HUGOBOX said:
I did'nt mean to mock the guy,it just seems he's some what limited and in a fight like this one,they could have done better, but then again only the fight it self will tell
Agreed, we'll see what happens.
 
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