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 Vegas.

“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 said.

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 villain.

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 Fedor 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.”

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Adam Townsend Ready to Impress at RFA vs. Legacy FC

  • 21 days ago
  • 0 views

Adam Townsend may be making his RFA debut at Friday's RFA vs. Legacy FC co-promotion on AXS TV, but he's ready to leave a lasting impression. read news >>

Diego Sanchez interested in Dennis Siver bout for featherweight debut

  • 21 days ago
  • 9 views

10 year UFC veteran Diego Sanchez launches a Twitter campaign to find a worthy opponent for his 145 lb. debut. Will Dennis Siver answer the call? 33-year-old Diego Sanchez embarked on his UFC career read news >>

The MMA Hour - 280 - Michelle Waterson

  • 23 days ago
  • 3 views

Michelle Waterson talks about signing with the UFC and making her Octagon debut on July 12. read news >>

Legacy FC 43 heads to Minnesota with Krantz-Larson title fight, Volkmann-Ottow

  • 25 days ago
  • 3 views

Legacy FC makes its Minnesota debut on July 17, and a title fight headlines the card.Filed under: AXS TV Fights, News read news >>

John Makdessi to face off with Donald Cerrone at UFC 187

  • 28 days ago
  • 5 views

With Khabib Nurmagomedov out of UFC 187, the promotion moved swiftly in finding a replacement to fight Donald Cerrone. It wasn't who many might expect though. Despite many higher-profile names asking read news >>

'Karate Hottie' draws TUF star for UFC debut on July 12

  • 28 days ago
  • 15 views

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is not without a sense of humor. Hoping to capitalize on the "it factor" of former Invicta FC champion Michelle Waterson, the promotion has paired her off against read news >>

After 2-Year Absence, Opponent Sought for Prospect Frodo Khasbulaev's WSOF Debut

  • 28 days ago
  • 1 views

It has been called one of the saddest stories in mixed martial arts. That may be a bit of an overstatement, but not by a huge margin. Now, after two years in contractual and bureaucratic purgatory, D read news >>

Michelle Waterson makes UFC debut against Angela Magana in July

  • 28 days ago
  • 25 views

"The Karate Hottie" is booked for her first UFC fight. Michelle Waterson will debut against Angela Magana at The Ultimate Fighter 21 Finale on July 12 in a Florida city yet to be named, the UFC annou read news >>

Michelle Waterson's UFC debut set vs. Angela Magana at July's TUF 21 Finale

  • 28 days ago
  • 24 views

Former Invicta FC atomweight titleholder Michelle Waterson will move up in weight to the UFC women’s strawweight division and make her octagon debut against Angela Magana at the TUF 21 Finale on July read news >>