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HBO's Debuts New Series Friday, Focuses On Boxing's Freddie Roach
Published January 20, 2012
OVERCOMING OBSTACLES: USA TODAY’s Tom Pedulla wrote this series “is not as much about the shaking and speech problems associated with Parkinson’s as Roach’s ability to overcome them.” Roach said, “Basically the message is, ‘We can work through anything.’” Some of the “most compelling footage" shows Roach "working in the ring with Khan in preparation for a bout with Zab Judah and his meticulousness in wrapping Khan’s hands before the opening bell.” The trainer’s hands “do not shake” (USA TODAY, 1/19). Roach said, “This will show how difficult (Parkinson's) is, but it still doesn't affect what I do. I'm still working … I wrap hands better than anyone, work the mitts. You can overcome anything with hard work and desire, and that's what I wanted to show" (L.A. TIMES, 1/20). On Long Island, Bobby Cassidy wrote in watching the first two episodes, “it’s hard to proclaim that this isn’t about boxing because that is Roach’s identity.” But “it’s not.” It is about “a guy named Freddie Roach who right now happens to be the best trainer in the world” (NEWSDAY.com, 1/18).