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"On Freddie Roach" Debuts Friday

BY The Sweet Science ON January 16, 2012
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HBONEW HBO SERIES ON FREDDIE ROACH,

 FROM RENOWNED FILMMAKER PETER BERG,

DEBUTS FRIDAY, JAN. 20

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Peter Berg, Jim Lampley, Sarah Aubrey And Michael Price Executive Produce

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            ON FREDDIE ROACH, the all-new cinéma-vérité series from renowned filmmaker and Emmy® nominee Peter Berg, launches its six-episode season FRIDAY, JAN. 20 (9:30-10:00 p.m. ET/PT), followed by other episodes on subsequent Fridays at the same time, exclusively on HBO.  Executive produced by Berg (“Friday Night Lights”), the HBO Original Programming presentation is a co-production of Film 44 and Atticus Entertainment.

            The unscripted show focuses on Freddie Roach, who owns and operates the famed Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, where he has produced a host of world champions.  This intensely personal look at the world-famous boxing trainer chronicles his life and career against the backdrop of Parkinson’s disease, an ailment very likely linked to his own boxing past. Check out a review Michael Woods did for ESPN New York.

            A native of Dedham, Mass., Freddie Roach has an extensive amateur boxing background.  He fought as a professional under the tutelage of legendary Hall of Fame trainer Eddie Futch, ending his professional boxing career in 1987 with a record of 41 wins and 13 losses.  Upon retiring, Roach became Futch’s apprentice.

            In 1992, Mickey Rourke financed Roach’s first gym, the Outlaw Boxing Club.  He has gone on to train more than 20 world champions, including Manny Pacquiao, Amir Khan, Oscar de la Hoya and Mike Tyson.  Roach has been honored five times as Trainer of the Year by the Boxing Writers Association of America and has been inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame.  On Dec. 6, 2011, he was elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

            In 2011, the U.S. Olympic Committee announced a unique partnership with Roach in an effort to ensure that America’s top amateur fighters have access to the finest training in preparation for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.  This partnership will create a program allowing up to ten Olympic hopefuls to train at the Wild Card Gym, which has become synonymous with world-class performance.

            The 51-year-old bachelor lives next door to his mother, just a few miles from Wild Card.

            January’s episodes:

            Episode #1:  “Body Blow”

            Debut:  FRIDAY, JAN. 20 (9:30-10:00 p.m. ET/PT)

            Other HBO playdates:  Jan. 21 (10:30 a.m., midnight), 22 (10:00 a.m.), 23 (7:30 p.m., 11:00 p.m.), 25 (6:00 p.m.) and 26 (10:45 a.m., 9:30 p.m.)

            HBO2 playdates:  Jan. 22 (11:50 p.m.) and 24 (9:30 p.m.)

            Introduction to the life of Freddie Roach, boxing trainer and Parkinson’s patient.

            Episode #2:  “The Wild Card”

            Debut:  FRIDAY, JAN. 27 (9:30-10:00 p.m.)

            Other HBO playdates:  Jan 28 (11:30 a.m., 12:30 a.m.), 29 (11:30 a.m.) and 30 (7:30 p.m., 11:50 p.m.), and Feb. 1 (7:30 p.m.) and 2 (9:30 a.m., 8:30 p.m.)

            HBO2 playdates:  Jan. 29 (11:00 p.m.) and 31 (9:30 p.m.)

            A routine day at the Wild Card Gym is suddenly thrown into chaos.

            The series will be available on HBO ON DEMAND and HBO GO.

            On Freddie Roach is a Film 44 and Atticus Entertainment production; executive produced by Peter Berg, Sarah Aubrey, Jim Lampley and Michael Price; co-executive produced by Brendan Malloy and Emmett Malloy; produced by Matthew Goldberg and Christopher G. Cowen; editors, Brian Johnson and Stephen Strout; director of photography, Niles Harrison; camera operator, Brandon Carroll; music by The Antlers; original music by Rogue Wave.

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