Freddie Roach “[Fedor is] like Mike Tyson. A lot of guys are scared of him.You have to be fearless against him.”


In a recent article by Josh Gross of InsideMMA (sports illustrated), Freddie Roach (who is training Andrei Arlovski  in boxing) shared some of his impressions and thoughts on Heavyweight MMA Champion Fedor Emelianenko’s striking /stand up flaws and pitting Arlovski against one of the Klitschko brothers after 5 boxing matches.

quotes from Arlovski: ‘To be the best, you have to fight the best’

“He’s flat-footed, has no technique, but he can punch,” Roach said

“That always helps. He’s accurate. He’ll follow you right to the floor, so he’s aggressive. But that aggressiveness can be used to our advantage, I think.”

“If you give him momentum,” Roach said of Fedor (28-1, 1 NC), “he’ll kill you.”

“A lot of guys lose the fight before it starts,” Roach said. “[Fedor is] like Mike Tyson. A lot of guys are scared of him. So the mental game is so important that you can’t be scared. You have to be fearless against him.”

Roach also would like to pit Arlovski against one of the  Heavyweight boxing champion Klitschko bros in boxing after only a  few boxing matches:

“We’ll start off with a low-caliber opponent,” Roach said, which in boxing’s heavyweight division leaves plenty of open doors. “I wouldn’t have 30 fights. I’d say five fights, then fight [Vitali or Wladimir] Klitschko.”

Watch Andrei “The Pitbull” Arlovski take on “The Last Emperor” Fedor Emelianenko live on  January 24 2009 at  Honda Center – Anaheim, CA  or Pay Per View presented by Golden Boy promotions and Affliction entertainment.

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