Robert Garcia: Cain Velasquez could be a boxing champ

Elias Cepeda
Cain Velasquez [R] may be the UFC's next big star. (Getty)

Cain Velasquez

Cain Velasquez [R] may be the UFC's next big star. (Getty)

Trainer Robert Garcia has worked with many boxing champions, including Antonio Margarito, Kelly Pavlik, Brandon Rios and Floyd Mayweather's next opponent - Marcos Maidana, and he believes that UFC heavyweight king Cain Velasquez also has the ability to be a top boxer. Garcia recently spoke with Sherdog about three days he spent training Velasquez in Oxnard, California.

“I think this guy is not only great at what he does but he could also be a great boxer, because he’s got tremendous power," he said.

"When I hold the mits with Cain Velasquez, right away I told his people that brought him, I said, ‘What do you guys think about training for boxing, because this guy could make a lot of noise in professional boxing?’ He’s got skills and tremendous power. He’s got good boxing skills."

Garcia went even further, saying that Velasquez could become a heavyweight boxing champion, if he chose to. “I think a good trainer could teach him how to fight, build up a good record in two or three years and become a champion. I honestly believe so," he said.

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