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Freddie Roach Thinks Andrei Arlovski Can Beat Fedor, Then Be a Successful Boxer

The legendary boxing trainer Freddie Roach is dabbling in mixed martial arts, and I asked him a few questions about working with Andrei Arlovski, who will fight Roy Nelson Saturday night:

"All I train Andrei for is boxing," Roach said. "That's all I really know. I'm not a wrestler or grappler or anything like that. I just teach him how to use his hands. He likes boxing quite a bit, and I do feel that Andrei will be the first MMA fighter to cross over into both sports. And I think he'll be successful in boxing also."

Roach said he thinks that if Arlovski beats Nelson on Saturday night, he will fight Fedor Emelianenko next. That meshes with what Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer told me.

"I think Andrei's the only guy out there who can beat Fedor, because of his movement," Roach said. "Obviously, that's a real tough fight, but it's certainly a fight I'd like to see.

After the jump, see another video with both Roach and Arlovski.
Here are Arlovski and Roach talking to Sherdog.com: