UHS freshmen meet famed trainer

Uvalde High School freshmen Tony and Paul Hernandez of the Tree City Boxing Club recently learned from famed boxing trainer Freddie Roach of the Wild Card Boxing Gym in Hollywood.

They will be able to put those new tips to use this weekend, when they compete in Montgomery, Alabama, at the Sugar Bert National Qualifier.

The twin brothers, who visited Los Angeles, California, over the winter break from school, met Roach, who is known for training Manny Pacquiao, Miguel Cotto, Oscar de La Hoya, Mike Tyson and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. According to the gym’s website, Roach has trained more than 36 world champions and worked with notable mixed martial arts, better known as MMA, fighters Anderson Silva, Georges St. Pierre, Tito Ortiz and BJ Penn.

Roach is a five-time recipient of the Boxing Writers Association of America’s trainer of the year award and has been inducted into the California Boxing Hall of Fame and World Boxing Hall of Fame. He has also received the World Boxing Council’s lifetime achievement award.

“During our stay in California, the boys were prepared to do sparring in different gyms throughout California, as they continued to prepare for this upcoming fight,” said Karen Hernandez, the boys’ mother. “Therefore, they traveled with their boxing equipment. The boys train all year around… When we came up on the Wild Card Boxing Gym, Freddie Roach was in the gym the night they did sparring and offered to train the boys the next morning.


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