As we reported previously, UFC welterweight champion Georges St.Pierre is currently spending a week training with renowned boxing trainer Freddie Roach.
Speaking in a new interview with Yahoo! Sports from Roach’s ‘Wild Card’ gym in Hollywood St.Pierre explains the reasons behind his decision to seek the help of the famed coach.
“It is time to focus on my boxing,” says GSP. “When I get to the other side of my career I don’t want to be one of those fighters who have been hit too many times, so they keep getting knocked out. If you have the opportunity to work with someone like Freddie, you take advantage.”
It’s all part of the fighter’s plans to continuously improve upon all aspects of his game despite already being considered one of the pound-for-pound greats in the sport.
“There are a lot of holes in my game. The people who say I am the best or that I cannot be any better, they are comparing me to other fighters. I compare me to myself, and I see a lot of things that I know I can do better.”
Interestingly Yahoo’s Dave Doyle notes that Roach opened up his gym on a Sunday for only the second time ever in order to train with GSP, an indication of the former boxer’s curiosity and interest in both the fighter, and the sport in general.
He admits that he is still on a learning curve when it comes to mixed martial arts, and how his boxing knowledge can be applied to it.
“It’s a challenge for me as much as it is for him. The footwork and the stances are different than what I’m used to working with. I’ve never looked at MMA the way some [in boxing] have. A fighter is a fighter and a good one is going to pick up knowledge from wherever they can and apply it as they can.”
Though it’s still early days it seems that the Canadian has already made a good impression on the trainer.
“Georges is such a tremendous athlete, and he’s such a fast learner,” Roach enthuses. “We were working at different distances and different angles than he’s used to fighting in MMA, but he picked it all up so fast.”
A final point of interest is that apparently Roach has requested video footage of GSP’s next opponent, Josh Koscheck – another indication that the relationship between the trainer and fighter could extend beyond just this initial week.