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Junior Dos Santos: pro boxer???

split decision2011-11-26 10:24:09 +0000 #1
Why, why, why do some MMA guys who knock out other MMA guys all of a sudden believe they could excel in a boxing ring?

Overeem talked about taking on the Klitchko brothers.

Nick Diaz has mused about a pro boxing career.

I know there's someone else I'm forgetting...

Anyway, now this from tatame.com:

Junior dos Santos focused on Lesnar-Overeem, eyes potential Boxing run at Olympics Games

By Fernando Zanchetta

Photo Eduardo Ferreira

New UFC heavyweight champion, Junior “Cigano” dos Santos is far from the big boom of massive popularity press siege of the “sweetheart” Anderson Silva.

But the spot of the one to be talked about obviously changed the Brazilian’s routine. “Many things I did before I can’t do anymore. But it still hasn’t hit me yet”, affirmed Dos Santos, on a press conference this Monday (21st), in Sao Paulo.

With the coach Luiz Dorea on his side, the fighter comment on his right knee, which got injured days before the fight, almost making him give it up.

“It was frustrating to wait so long and just quit it”, commented Junior. “The doctors told me I needed to be cautious, and I handled it. When the time came (for him to fight) I didn’t feel a thing. Cain Velasquez seemed to know something about it. He didn’t stop kicking my leg”, joked the champion, who’s under treatment to know if he’s going to need a surgery or not.

Considered by many MMA experts as the most efficient boxer in MMA, the plans of the fighter for the future includes, besides successful title defenses in UFC, also try something on the modality, and he has a goal in mind: the Olympic Games of 2016, in Rio de Janeiro.

“My trainings begin and end with Boxing. There’re dynamics and strategies I’m already used to. But I’ll test myself, it’s inevitable. Who knows I get an Olympic medal. Everything’s possible”, glimpsed the athlete.

Former mentor of world champions like Acelino “Popo” Freitas and Everton Lopes, Luiz Carlos Dórea got excited about the new possibility. From where he’s standing, Junior is a born heavyweight fighter, but he moves a lot like few athletes can do on this weight division.

“The adaptations from Boxing to MMA are complexes. You gotta be careful about blocking the kicks and takedowns. If he’s already above average combining all those things, imagine when he fights traditional Boxing. The chances he’ll shine are huge, both on professional and Olympic Boxing”, concluded.

The next Junior’s opponent will be defined on a bout between the American Brock Lesnar and the Hollander Alistair Overrem, on the edition 141 of the show, on December 30th. Focused on getting healed from his knee problem, Cigano affirms it doesn’t matter who wins it. “I’ll only have giants from now on, so I gotta train like two, three times more than I already do. It’ll be hard now”, concluded.


tantryl2011-11-26 10:26:08 +0000 #2
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Originally Posted by split decision

Why, why, why do some MMA guys who knock out other MMA guys all of a sudden believe they could excel in a boxing ring?

It sounds like most of the time their boxing coaches encourage it.
split decision2011-11-26 10:33:15 +0000 #3
Andre Arlovski is the other one I was trying to think of. Find some 200 ounce gloves and that guy would still fall face first into the canvas.
Onion2011-11-26 11:39:49 +0000 #4
Two things:

1- The article is making more of it that his actual comments suggest

2- he is talking about amateur boxing, not professional as the thread title suggests
split decision2011-11-26 11:51:25 +0000 #5
Quote:

Originally Posted by Onion

Two things:

1- The article is making more of it that his actual comments suggest

2- he is talking about amateur boxing, not professional as the thread title suggests

You're right, the Olympics is amateur (except for the NBA players on basketball teams and NHL players involved in hockey, etc). But it's still world class. I don't believe Dos Santos is going to match up well with guys who are the best boxers in the world, but there is only one way to find out for sure if he wants to devote his years of training towards it.
Greezy2011-11-26 11:54:18 +0000 #6
junior's a badass boxer. its tough in mma with takedowns, kicks and all the other things to worry about. all junior has to do in boxing is throw punches and move his feet. easy as taking a piss.

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