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Andrei Arlovski pulls out of April 11 boxing debut

Former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski has pulled out of his pro boxing debut due to a mild back strain, reports ESPN.com.

Arlovski was scheduled to fight on April 11 in Las Vegas on the undercard of Paul Williams vs. Winky Wright event promoted by Golden Boy.

"Although Andrei is healing fine and would be ready for April 11, I decided that there is no point in rushing his recovery, so I pulled him," manager Billy Keane told ESPN.com. "The hope is to see him in action in May or June at the latest."

Arlovski trains boxing with Mike Garcia of JABB in Chicago and also flies out to California to train with Freddie Roach.