Getting knocked out by Fedor Emelianenko this past January during Affliction and M-1’s “Day of Reckoning” hasn’t stopped Andrei Arlovski from pursuing his dreams of being a pro boxer.
Fighters Only Magazine has re-confirmed that Arlovski will make his professional boxing debut on the undercard of HBO’s April 11 telecast of Winky Wright vs. Paul Williams in Las Vegas. An opponent for Arlovski has yet to be named.
Arlovski who has been working with famed boxing trainer Freddie Roach almost a year now in anticipation of his pro boxing debut. The loss to Emelianenko has apparently only served to fuel his fire.
Although Arlovski lost to Emelianenko, many ringside observers noted that Arlovksi’s hands and foot movement were much improved after working with Roach, who has trained world champions such as Oscar De La Hoya and Manny Pacquiao.
Plans are to place Arlovski in about a half dozen fights before he takes a step up in competition. He will continue to compete in MMA, where he holds a 15-6 career record and at one time held the UFC heavyweight title.