Amir Khan’s former trainer feels that the British born boxer will need to be perfect on April 20th, in-order to take the WBO welterweight title from Terence Crawford.
In his first world title fight since being knocked out by Canelo Alvarez in 2016, Khan challenges one of boxing’s pound-for-pound best on Saturday night inside Madison Square Garden.
Freddie Roach who trained Khan until 2012, feels there is a limited window for the former Olympian to pull off the upset.
“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,” Roach said of his former pupil. “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.”
Interview Transcribed By Boxing Scene