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Roach: Me Training Rousey is Rumor, No Official Approach

By Radio Rahim

According to Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach, there is no truth to the circulating rumors that he plans to assist UFC superstar Ronda Rousey with her next training camp.

The rumor first began last November following her knockout loss to former two-division boxing champion Holly Holm.

Since the start of the year, the rumor has resurfaced and Roach is once again being pressed with questions on the subject.

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"A lot of rumors out there. People keep asking if I'm gonna train Ronda Rousey and so forth, but they are just rumors. There has been no official request," Roach told BoxingScene.com.

When reflecting on the fight, Roach says Rousey made a very big mistake by trying to box with the boxer. Holm was an top-tier fighter with a 33-2 record. She had her last pro boxing bout in May of 2013 before going full-time with MMA. Holm also has a kickboxing background, which she put on display by knocking Rousey out with a high kick to the head.

Roach says Rousey should have taken Holm to the ground and kept her there.

"I like Ronda Rousey. She's a nice girl and I wish the best for her, but I think that was a bad choice. She needs more experience in the boxing world. It was probably a mistake just to try that [box with Holm]. She should have just tried to go to the ground. That is my impression of what she should do. But again I'm not an MMA fighter but I know how to wrestle a little bit. That's a tough sport," Roach said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Lou Cipher on 01-17-2016

Why would Roach waste his time and talent training Rhonda "Lard Ass Troglodyte Face" Lousey?

Comment by considerthis on 01-17-2016

[QUOTE=MisanthropicNY;16396482]I love the idea of Roach training a runner like Rigo... he'd make Rigo actually make an opponent miss and strike and not just make his opponent miss and run or clinch kind of like Pacquiao did against De La…

Comment by The Gambler1981 on 01-17-2016

Yea I think Rousey should forget about boxing for the moment, at least put it on the back burner because she will never have that be a strength. She needs to learn some wrestling to learn how to take someone…

Comment by Nomadic on 01-17-2016

Roach training her would be a bad thing, two reasons: 1. Roach don't believe in defense, he believe in overwhelming opponents with offense. Rousey need defense against Holm. Holm damn near landed every punch she threw at her. 2. Roach…

Comment by fredhopple on 01-17-2016

Rousey is never coming back to face Holly Holm who would just destroy the vastly overrated Lousy Rousey again by KO. Rousey was a fraud a fake who beat up weak broads with few skills. Then Lousy Rousey got Holm…

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