MMA Quick Quote: Andrei Arlovski the boxer coming soon in 2009

"If Andrei wins against Fedor on the 24th, I would put in right into a title fight with Nikolai Valuev right away. It would be Belarus vs. Russia and that's huge marketing for PPV and Andrei has a huge crowd in that area. He will cross over into boxing though; that is a definite! His next fight after Fedor will be a boxing match."

-- World renowned boxing trainer Freddie Roach, who has been working with Arlovski over the past year or so to help him improve his striking, revealed to FightHype.com that his trainee will soon sign with Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions sometime in the near future and compete in a high profile boxing match. Arlovski will take a crack at the sweet science win or lose in his WAMMA world title fight against champion Fedor Emelianenko on January 24 at Affliction: "Day of Reckoning." Roach even hints that Arlovski's opponent in this boxing match could be current WBA heavyweight title holder Nikolai Valuev, which would certainly be a bout worth watching. The Pitbull has always been considered one of the top strikers in mixed martial arts, but it's anybody's guess as to how that talent would transfer over to a world championship boxing match against a monster like Valuev. Time will tell.

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