Former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei
Arlovski has pushed back his professional boxing debut until
sometime in May, according to his boxing manager, Billy Keane.
Arlovski was originally booked to compete in a four-round bout on
the undercard of the Golden Boy-promoted Paul Williams-Winky Wright
main event on April 11 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las
“It’s [being moved] for a variety of reasons,” Keane said. “It
worked out better to put him on a later show.”
The switch in dates will also give Arlovski more time to work under
legendary boxing trainer Freddie Roach. Once Roach has finished
training Manny Pacquiao for his May 2 showdown with Ricky Hatton,
he will focus his attention on Arlovski.
“He’s going to come to L.A. and train with Freddie,” Keane
The former UFC heavyweight champion is currently on a movie set in
Bulgaria shooting scenes for “Universal Soldier 3: A New Beginning”
with Jean-Claude Van Damme and
Dolph Lundgren. In the film, helmed by “The Smashing Machine”
director John Hyams, Arlovski plays a “Terminator”-like
Still one of the most recognizable superstars in mixed martial
arts, Arlovski (15-6), who turned 30 last month, was knocked out by
longtime Pride Fighting Championships heavyweight titleholder
Emelianenko at Affliction “Day of Reckoning” in January. By all
accounts, the Belarusian bomber acquitted himself well in the
bout’s opening moments, as he frustrated the usually unflappable
Emelianenko with straight punches and crisp footwork. However,
Emelianenko (29-1) capitalized on Arlovski’s overzealousness with a
crushing overhand right when the Belarusian sprang at him with a
flying knee attempt.
Arlovski has shown an aptitude for boxing since he began training
in the discipline in 2004 with Chicago-based trainer Mike Garcia,
of JABB Boxing. Arlovski has studied off and on under Roach for his
last five MMA bouts, and the boxing guru has commented on numerous
occasions that his protégé has the potential to be competitive in
boxing’s heavyweight ranks.
“I always wanted to box,” Arlovski told Sherdog.com in February.
“I’ve always seen boxing as a complement to my MMA career and
training, so why not take this opportunity while I can.”