Greg Haugen vs. Freddie Roach

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1985-08-22 : Greg Haugen 135½ lbs beat Freddie Roach 136 lbs by TKO at 2:49 in round 7 of 10

  • Location: Showboat Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
  • Referee: Davey Pearl

Aired On: ESPN
Promoter: Top Rank


  • Greg Haugen 11-0 (5 KOs) vs. Freddie Roach 39-8 (14 KOs)
  • ESPN reported Haugen's record as 11-0-1 (5 KOs) and stated that the draw was a technical draw in his March 1985 bout with Juan Del Toro.
  • Haugen took the fight on two or three days notice and was a substitute for Brett Summers.
  • Through Round 6, ESPN's Al Bernstein had the bout scored 59-56 in favor of Haugen.

Bout Summary

Haugen has a strong opening round and used an advantage in hand speed to likely earn the round. Roach controlled the second round finding success with the jab as he moved in and out of punching range. Haugen was warned in the 2nd for using an elbow in a clinch. Midway through Round 2, a straight right hand from Roach caught Haugen flush and buckled his knees. In Rounds 3 and 4, Haugen looked for opportunities to pick off Roach who was mostly lunging in and throwing power shots with minimal success. Haugen, the stronger of the two, found success with countering opportunities and consistently held his ground when Roach attempted to come forward. Both fighters were warned in Round 5 to clean up the clinches and stop leading with shoulders and using elbows. In Round 6, Haugen charged in and caused a clash of heads that brought blood from the nose of Roach. Roach too began to bleed from a small cut above his right eye. Early in Round 7, Haugen began to land more frequently and caught Roach with a good right hand and left hook. In the final minute of the round, Roach ran right into a left hook as he tried to charge in that sent him to the mat. He was up quickly and received a mandatory eight-count. When action continued, Haugen came forward and threw a left hook that sent Roach back into the ropes and a right hand that put Roach down again. At this, the referee waved an end to the bout without beginning a count.


  • "We have seen Freddie Roach... in some near misses, some almost tragic decision losses, but I think we have seen him now in one of his most devastating defeats. I really believe after all the fights and all the attempted comebacks, we might be seeing Freddie Roach in perhaps one of his last fights." - ESPN's Al Bernstein
  • "I was real tight at the start and couldn't get loose. Freddie's a tough guy. I've sparred with him before... I just thought I was a little too strong for him. I was a little tentative through the first four or five rounds... I seen he kept coming in and keep trying to throw a right. I knew it was just a matter of time before I caught him. I caught him with a good left. I caught him with another one on the way down." - Greg Haugen