After spending one intense week with Georges St-Pierre this past May, legendary boxing coach Freddie Roach confirmed what everybody already knew – that GSP is one heck of a guy. Non-violent depictions aside, Roach added the UFC welterweight king is far from being a polished boxer, but is doing everything in his power to get there.
“He’s like a sponge, he took in what I taught him and really practiced. He would come back the next day and know the move,” Roach told Fighthub.com. “I’d say ‘You went home and practiced that move all night long’ and he would just smile at me.”
The 29-year-old is currently enjoying a seven fight-winning streak and holds a dominant 20-2 mark overall. Despite his impressive resume, the haters have poured it on pretty thick because of the “conservative” fighter he’s morphed into after getting slapped silly by Matt Serra at UFC 69 in April 2007 – arguably the biggest upset in MMA history.
In an attempt to silence his critics, GSP headed West to recruit the services of Mr. Roach – who has tutored the likes of Mike Tyson, Oscar De La Hoya and Manny Pacquiao.
“He’s a great guy. Working with one of the best guys in the sport, it’s kind of an honor for me to help guys like that out,” Roach added. “[He] really didn’t know much about boxing per se, but ability-wise, he absorbed everything I taught him.”
St-Pierre will put his title on the line against Josh Koscheck after the two complete their assignments as opposing coaches on the 12th season of “The Ultimate Fighter.”
Freddie, will you be making a cameo in the popular Spike TV reality show?
“He asked me about making an appearance on his show. He’s a coach. I said, ‘I won’t show them what I showed you,”’ Roach said with a smile.