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Roach: “I have a good strategy worked out for Amir”

Amir Khan’s trainer, Freddie Roach has said that he has worked out a strategy to ensure both that his charge is not warned for pushing and that champion Lamont Peterson does not get granted the opportunity to land as many eye catching shots as he did in their first match.

Speaking to Boxing Scene, Roach said: “We’re going to be boxing a lot smarter in the center of the ring. I have a good strategy worked out for Amir, and if we follow it, I think we’ll be good. The biggest thing is to keep the fight in the middle of the ring and not lay on the ropes. If he lays on the ropes, Peterson can bang on the body really hard and then he can come out on top.

“Laying on the ropes, that might work in the amateurs, but it doesn’t work in professional boxing. I think Amir will be too much for him in this fight, and I really look forward to this rematch.”

Khan was deducted two points, once in the seventh and then the twelfth round for illegally pushing Peterson back, preventing the then challenger from getting in close to land his shots.

The Bolton boxer sat against the ropes against the hard hitting Marcos Maidana in December 2010, possibly making that bout harder than it had to be and taking into account strength of Khan’s chin it probably isn’t a wise move to keep repeating. But if the former IBF and WBA light-welterweight boxer does this because he is taking brief rests then there is little else he can really do. Khan is very mobile on his feet and this will inevitably keep taking it’s toll on him in every fight, and both him and Roach may have to keep holding their breath’s every time he exposes himself.

The one thing that should be a guarantee is that Amir Khan’s career will continue to be a roller coaster full of twists and turns!



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