Roach: I Expect Amir Khan To Knock McCloskey Out

By Mark Vester

Trainer Freddie Roach expects his boxer, WBA junior welterweight champion Amir Khan (24-1, 17KOs), to stop unbeaten challenger Paul McCloskey (22-0, 12KOs) on April 16 at the MEN Arena in Manchester, England. Roach likes what he sees from the boxing ability of McCloskey but he feels Amir is on another level in terms of skill and talent.

"He's a tough southpaw. He has a very good right hook with knockout power. I don't think he's really of the caliber of Amir Khan, and Amir should knock him out," Roach told Jose Aguirre of

If Khan gets past McCloskey, a unification with WBO/WBC champion Timothy Bradley is being discussed for July 30 in the United States. 

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by The Gambler1981 on 02-15-2011

I certainly feel Roach having high expectation because you need that to really push a fighter beyond where they would normally be, but if you have a guy known for having a shaky beard that is not the type of…

Comment by Slevin on 02-15-2011

Tricky southpaw but Amir has this in the bag.

Comment by Pullcounter on 02-15-2011

if khan doesn't KO mccloskey it would be a huge disappointment... Allah forbid mccloskey actually hurt khan... that would be an unmitigated disaster.

Comment by lutenco on 02-15-2011

I don't understand if people are stupid or they do stupid;after MAIDANA there where rumors about a possible fight between KHAN and PBF and now people talk like this bum can stay in the same ring with KHAN,ABSURD!!!

Comment by mojack on 02-15-2011

Khan is all wrong for McCloskey. I can only see Khan sparring with Pac for this fight, best southpaw on the planet. Late stoppage to Khan.

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