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Arlovski’s New Sparring Partner: Anderson Silva

Posted on by MMAWeekly.com Staff

MMAInsider took a trip to the famed Wild Card Boxing gym on Wednesday, a living photo album of a room headed by boxing coach Freddie Roach.

Roach is currently working with Andre Arlovski for his fight with Fedor Emelianenko at Affliction’s “Day of Reckoning” on Jan. 24 in Anaheim, Calif. Roach and Arlovski have been working together on and off for three years. The former UFC heavyweight champ arrived at the gym this week.

Towards the end of an interview in his gym’s spare room, Roach revealed that UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva was dropping in to spar with “The Pitbull” that night. Indirectly, he also hinted that Silva’s dreams of boxing Roy Jones Jr. were not dead.

“I’ve been working with Anderson for a little while now,” Roach said. “He’s 4-0 in Brazil as a boxer. He wants to fight Roy Jones, he told me. I don’t think Anderson’s quite ready for Jones yet, but he’s a talented guy; he has good movement, and (Silva and Arvlovski sparring) should be interesting.”

“The Spider” vs. “The Pitbull”? An interesting match-up indeed.

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