Freddie Roach is the new hot training accessory for any MMA fighter that wants to prove they’re serious about striking. Back in the day you’d have to go all the way to Thailand or something, but now it’s just a hop, skip, and jump to Roach’s gym for some proper boxing education. The only problem now is that Roach is teaching these guys SACRILEGE in addition to standard combinations. He’s dragging them over to the freakin’ dark side:
Do you think Andrei will be going back and forth between boxing and MMA, or is boxing more of his future?
He likes to box so much more than MMA. He likes the stand-up game. If boxing takes off for him I think he’ll stay, but obviously if he gets a world title fight in MMA he probably would not turn that down. I think we’ll know quickly, though. We’re not going to baby him and give him 20 tune-up fights. We’re going to lay it all on the line. My final goal would be to fight (Nikolay) Valuev of course, he’s a champion, and maybe one day a Klitschko. I used to train Wladimir Klitschko. He’s a good friend of mine and I think he’s the best heavyweight in the world today, but the division is not that strong now.
Anderson Silva, he comes to my gym and he wants to fight Roy Jones. He has four pro fights in Brazil but I don’t think he’s quite ready for Roy Jones yet. But he does have a lot of potential. He’s a very good athlete.
Is it wrong of me to want all MMA fighters trying boxing out to fail? Sure, I’d like to prove that mixed martial artists are strikers on par with boxers, but not at the expense of losing a whole bunch of our (generally) entertaining fighters to such an unentertaining sport.