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."