Freddie Roach: Shogun never taught to punch properly

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Mauricio “Shogun” Rua is currently rehabing his knee in Orange County, Calif., and has trained three times so far with Freddie Roach. The famed boxing trainer told he is on a “special assignment” to help Rua prepare to fight Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC 161 on June 15, 2013 at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

“I was studying a lot of tape on him to get an idea of how he fights,” said Roach.

“He didn’t know how to transfer his weight too well, and he wasn’t a very big puncher at first. Once we got him pivoting and punching off the right foot, keeping his boxing stance, he punched really, really hard when he did it correctly.

“I don’t think he was ever taught how to do it correctly.”

“[Shogun] has a little problem with his knee. I haven’t started working on his cardio yet, but he and my strength coach have gotten together … I think we have to take care of that first before we start getting into the cardio more.”

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