Roach: Amir Khan Has Bad Habits, Crawford Will Knock Him Out

Freddie Roach, the former trainer of Amir Khan, believes his former pupil is going to need a perfect performance in order to defeat WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford.

Khan will challenge Crawford on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Khan is a big underdog in bout, with Crawford widely regarded as one of the best pound for pound fighters in the world.

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Roach trained Khan for several years, but they parted ways back in 2012, and then the British boxer hired Virgil Hunter.

He used trainer Joe Goossen for his last bout with Samuel Vargas, but he is back with Hunter - who took some time off from boxing due to illness.

Roach has a lot of respect for Khan as a boxer, and he believes the boxing ability of Khan could give Crawford a lot of trouble.

But Roach still believes Crawford is going to win, by knockout.

"If Amir can stick to the gameplay and box for 12 rounds he can do really, really well because he is a great boxer," Roach told Boxing Social.

"He has all the skill in the world and he has a lot of speed, but at some point he will go for the knockout and when he does that he gets himself in harm's way and get knocked out.

"In all the fights he’s been knocked out, he’s been ahead. He's a very good boxer, he's very good at what he does but he has that block in his head. He goes for the knockout but in this sport you can’t go for the knockout; if it comes, it comes, don’t force it.

"Terence Crawford is a good fighter. Amir has better speed and footwork but he has to put them together and be at his best. He has to win every round one at a time. But I believe Amir will be knocked out somewhere along the way because he has bad habits."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Joe Beamish on 04-16-2019

[QUOTE=HarvardBlue;19659908]Freddie just put a jinx on the fight. This one is going the distance. And I'm sick and tired of hearing Khan was ahead each time before he got knocked out. That's like saying someone was driving really well before…

Comment by gntsfan84 on 04-16-2019

[QUOTE=Mister Wolf;19661410]Would rather Crawford fight Ugas. Ugas actually beat Porter by a fair margin while Garcia got outboxed by Porter down the stretch. If you are getting outboxed by Porter then you aren't that good dont give a **** how…

Comment by P4Pdunny on 04-16-2019

This fight won't go long, Crawford stops him inside 6

Comment by chirorickyp on 04-15-2019

Get hit on Jaw,,,,go down. Tell Freddie Roach you don't have to be Freddie Roach to figure that bad habit out.

Comment by Mister Wolf on 04-15-2019

[QUOTE=gntsfan84;19660724]At least it would be a win against a top 6 guy in the weight class to set up whoever wins the eventual fight between Spence and Thurman.[/QUOTE] Would rather Crawford fight Ugas. Ugas actually beat Porter by a fair…

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