By Francisco Salazar
Freddie Roach is as humble as any person in the sport of boxing. So even on a day that was supposed to honor his achievements in the sport, Roach decided to give out of his pocket to a worthy cause. Renowned trainer Freddie Roach received a certificate of recognition and a WBC belt for his accomplishments in the sport on Sunday at Rudy’s Baja Grill in Los Angeles. The presentation of awards to Roach and other boxing dignitaries coincided with a toy drive, which was sponsored by World Boxing Cares.
Attendees to Sunday’s event brought an unwrapped toy that the WBC-sponsored organization donates to a worthy cause. All toys donated will be given to underprivileged children on tomorrow (Tuesday) at Salazar Park in Los Angeles.
World Boxing Cares is a non-profit, charitable organization that sends world-class athletes into youth centers, hospitals, and orphanages to bring a message of hope and inspiration.
At Sunday’s event, Roach was presented with the belt and recognition by WBC supervisor Rudy Tellez. As Roach was presented with the award, Tellez read a letter from WBC president Jose Sulaiman.
“You have the ability to stay humble and work hard. For all that you have accomplished, the WBC presents this honorary belt to you. You are the true example of humble and kindness. I appoint you as an honorary ambassador,” said the patriarch of the sanctioning body.
True to the words that Sulaiman used to describe the popular trainer, Roach announced that he was making a donation of $1,000 to WBC Cares.
Also present at the event were Super Bantamweight champion Israel Vazquez, female champion Carina Moreno, and former world champion Gabriel Ruelas. Vazquez also received a letter of recognition.
“I did not expect this honor at all,” said Vazquez, with a shy smile.
Southern California Jim Fitzgerald emceed the event.