Andrei Arlovski, Henry Cejudo to Make Boxing Debuts?

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Gold-medal winning U.S. Olympic wrestler Henry Cejudo is spending time working out in a Phoenix boxing gym, and may ultimately transform into fighting atop a roped-off canvas, my friend Norm Frauenheim (formerly of the Arizona Republic) writes on 15rounds.com.

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Although a future deal with Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions would seem a natural, company matchmaker Eric Gomez said he hasn't yet scouted Cejudo.

On a side note, Gomez said Golden Boy is angling to stage a fight featuring MMA heavyweight and ex-UFC champion Andrei Arlovski in boxing. Arlovski will first fight MMA star Fedor Emelianenko on Jan. 24 in Anaheim, but he's trained with famed boxing trainer Freddie Roach and is expected to make his boxing debut later in 2009, Gomez said.

"Freddie's very high on him, he's been sparring with Juan Carlos Gomez," Gomez said. "We'll see where it goes."

For folks not familiar, Gomez is now the WBC mandatory challenger to Vitali Klitschko's heavyweight strap. Gomez has had some missteps in his career, but is arguably a top 10 heavyweight in the world. If Arlovski is sparring well with Gomez, that portends success for any future ventures in boxing. And as it's been discussed many times over, that's also good for MMA insofar as technical legitimacy is concerned if a recognized talent can crossover into boxing and compete at the highest level.

As for Cejudo, it's disheartening to hear he'd rather make a move towards boxing than MMA giving his unreal wrestling pedigree. He's literally the youngest American to ever win an Olympic wrestling medal. There was word that Henry and his wrestling standout brother Angel were potentially making their way towards MMA, but it appears those rumors were not accurate. Oh well. We still have Ben Askren and King Mo.

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