Edmond Tarverdyan, who is the boxing coach for Strikeforce bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, spoke to Sherdog.com and claimed that Rousey gets the better of boxing world champions when they are sparring in the gym.
“What she has is amazing, but people don’t understand: Ronda’s boxing is so good right now. If I could, I’d turn that girl into a boxing professional world champion. She was sparring with girls in our gym that are like 16-1 and WBA world champions, Lucia Rijker … and Ronda gets the best out of it.
I was like, ‘OK, this girl is going to be something special. I started working with her. For like six months we didn’t do any striking. Just footwork, distance, understanding. I didn’t give her hard sparring, nothing like that. Just she moved around with me. I have control of my punches and I’m not trying to swing your head off and I’m technical and I could teach her. More like drilling-sparring, like amateur style, than actual just banging like the professional style.
I taught her a lot of amateur boxing. Once I got that done, I know she has a good jab. She has a good straight punch, a right straight. She knows how to move her head. She knows how to defend herself, block punches, move in and out, use her legs, and then I started just gradually raising her sparring. For the last camp we had great sparring partners. That’s how you learn.
Ronda’s jab is looking really, really good. All the Olympians I have in my gym, and world medalists, they just sit down and go, ‘Wow, dude. She has a great jab.’”
Now everybody knows she can strike. I don’t care if people know or don’t know, to be honest with you. I know she can strike. She’s a great striker. She’s not going to have a problem with any of these fights we have in front of us.”
Now it’s common for coaches of fighters to highly praise their student. But the fact that Ronda’s grappling is at such an elite level, it allows her to spend more time on the striking aspects of her game.
Rousey does not currently have a fight scheduled, a fight with Cris ‘Cyborg’ Santos is inevitable, but it’s likely Rousey will defend her title against another contender before that fight becomes a reality.