Robert Garcia jabs Freddie Roach and the BWAA in the wake of his sixth Trainer of the Year award

Robert Garcia training in Oxnard, Calif. (Photo:

By Chris Robinson

Recently it was revealed that Freddie Roach had won his sixth Trainer of the Year Award by the Boxing Writers Association of America.

There are many in the sport that feel that the award should have instead went to former world champion Robert Garcia for the work he put in out of his personal facility in Oxnard, Calif.

Catching up with Garcia during a recent swing through Southern California, he shared his view with us of why he wasn’t upset at all to not get the vote.

“You know what? I thought it was more legit but what I’ve learned is that it’s all politics,” Garcia explained. “It’s all politics and if they didn’t choose me, something’s wrong. Because what Mikey [Garcia] did, what Evgeny Gradovich did, especially the win with [Marcos] Maidana.

“Who else did what I did?” Garcia asked. “Four champions in one year. Nobody else did that.”

Garcia continued to speak his mind, insisting that other high-level trainers surpassed what Roach did last year.

“And I honestly believe there’s other trainers like Mayweather, like Joel Diaz, Abel Sanchez, who did more than Freddie Roach,” Garcia stated. “And I’m not hating on Freddie Roach. I’m not talking sh*t. But that award, to me, doesn’t mean anything anymore.”

*** To check out the full interview with Garcia, including more jabs at Roach and some scathing comments about VADA drug testing, please click HERE

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