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Roach Explains Amir Khan's Strategy To Defeat Peterson

By Ernest Gabion

Trainer Freddie Roach has explained the strategy for Amir Khan (26-2, 18 KOs) to reclaim his WBA/IBF junior welterweight titles from current champion Lamont Peterson (30-1-1, 15 KOs). They collide in a rematch on May 19th at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Peterson defeated Khan under controversial circumstances to win the WBA and IBF titles on December 10.

Roach's new strategy is built around several mistakes that he saw his boxer make in the first meeting, and that includes pushing off an incoming Peterson - which resulted in two deductions in the first fight. 

"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 on top. Laying on the ropes, that might work in the amateurs, but it doesn't work in professional boxing," Roach told BoxingScene.com. 

"We're going to be boxing a lot smarter in the center of the ring. And when he comes in with his head low - instead of pushing him off we'll catch him coming in with the uppercuts and hooks. I have a good strategy worked out for Amir and if we follow it I think we'll be good. I think Amir will be too much for him in this fight and I really look forward to this rematch."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Babalu11 on 04-02-2012

I think Roach is a great trainer, but he is overrated to some extent. I don't think he is better than a Nacho Beristain or a Roger Mayweather who have never won a trainer of the year award. Let's be…

Comment by Boxingtech718v2 on 04-02-2012

I can understand *******s, *****s, or klitlickers. I mean it makes sense for the boxers to have dedicated fans. But now we have Roach stans who dyck ride a trainer because he trains their favorite fighter. It's not a diss…

Comment by D4thincarnation on 04-02-2012

I had Khan winning the fight by a round, even with the harsh point deduction. This time a better prepared Khan on a neutral ground and a neutral ref should have more than enough for Peterson. People say Khan could…

Comment by Eliq20 on 04-02-2012

Some fool on here said Roach is a horrible trainer. LMAO!!! he's 5 time trainer of the year. Anyone who really knows boxing knew Amir won that fight. The REF was on some hometown bs. If he doesn't take the…

Comment by advancin85 on 04-02-2012

"Roach is a horrible trainer" who the f*ck are you? You ain't sh&t!!!

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