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Roach: If Judah fights like a man, Khan will knock him out early

By Scott Gilfoid: Amir Khan’s trainer Freddie Roach doesn’t see this Saturday’s bout between Khan and IBF light welterweight champion Zab Judah as being a competitive one. Roach is under the belief that Khan will win every round of the fight and score a knockout, and he’s got Khan believing the same thing. Poor Khan thinks he’s going to win every round, but he’s in for a big surprise in this fight. Roach has got Khan brainwashed thinking he really has a chance in this fight. Man, I really feel sorry for Khan.

It’s pretty clear that Roach and Khan are overconfident going into this fight, and hopefully things don’t come apart at the seams the way they did for David Haye, Khan’s close friend.


“If he [Judah] runs, he’ll last a little bit longer,” Roach said as quoted by Dan Rafael. “If he wants to fight us like a man, he’ll get knocked out early.”

This seems to run counter to what Khan has been dong in his fights against guys that can punch. Khan usually is the runner and the slugger has to chase him around the ring. Roach is now saying that Khan will be the coming at Judah. I just don’t see that. When glass jaw like Khan, it’s unhealthy to come at an opponent that knock you out with one shot. Roach looks to be making promises that his fighter can’t keep. It’s like a trick by Roach to try and fool boxing fans into getting excited about this and at the same time to throw Judah off his game. Roach often says one thing and his fighters end up doing something completely different. His fighters rarely do what he’s says they’re going to do. Khan is just another one of many.

What will really happen in this fight is Khan will run, run and run to try and keep from getting hit for the first 7 to 8 rounds. After that, if Khan isn’t knocked out already, Roach will then tell Khan to attack Judah. At that point, Khan will either get knocked out or badly hurt to the point where he’ll crawling all over Judah trying to keep him from landing anymore power shots. Judah, a great finisher unlike Marcos Maidana, will then put Khan out of his misery with a hard left uppercut that will snap Khan’s chin upwards towards the ceiling and sending him back first to the canvas. The referee won’t even bother counting because Khan will be just lying there with eyes that are open but not seeing anything.

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