Arlovski’s Boxing Debut Moved to May


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

  • 27 days ago
  • 22 views

EA Sports UFC recently released its fifth free gameplay update, adding popular Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) veteran Andrei Arlovksi (Heavyweight), as well as up-and-coming standouts Yoel Rome read news >>

  • 27 days ago
  • 170 views

UFC interim heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum accepts Jon Jones’ challenge to fight at heavyweight. Since winning the UFC light-heavyweight title, Jon Jones has been candid about his intentions to read news >>

  • 25 days ago
  • 1 views

Kid Nate looks back at last night's fights both the UFC and the boxing variety with comment on the renewed possibility of an epic Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather bout. Plus some comments about th read news >>

  • 23 days ago
  • 22 views

With Jon "Bones" Jones set to take on former Strikeforce heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier on Jan. 3 at UFC 182, much more is at stake than hardware. Before Jones makes his eighth title defense—he' read news >>

  • 23 days ago
  • 9 views

A look back at that nasty, nasty bloody ear that helped Jessica Eye to a win over Leslie Smith at UFC 181 and much more in the latest Women’s MMA Report.Filed under: Cage Warriors, News, UFC, WSOF read news >>

  • 20 days ago
  • 19 views

Former WWE heavyweight champion CM Punk recently went off on his former boss, WWE Chairman/CEO Vince McMahon, claiming that he would not allow him to walk Chael Sonnen down to the Octagon since MMA i read news >>

  • 19 days ago
  • 44 views

Back in 2009, then-little-known Junior Dos Santos made his UFC debut and fought now-interim heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum at UFC 90. Few gave Dos Santos, a 4-1 underdog, much of a chance.Filed read news >>

  • 19 days ago
  • 47 views

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight champion, Frank Mir, is scheduled to return to mixed martial arts (MMA) action after a one-year hiatus when he collides with Antonio Silva at U read news >>

  • 16 days ago
  • 2 views

If former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar decides he wants to return to mixed martial arts, Bellator MMA president Scott Coker is interested in signing him. read news >>

Jump to: