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Roach worried about Judah’s one punch power, doesn’t want Khan destroyed again

Amir Khan Zab JudahBy William Mackay: Photo Credits Joe Comporeale – Trainer Freddie Roach is very, very concerned about the devastating power that IBF light welterweight champion Zab Judah (41-6, 28 KO’s) has in both fists, especially his left hand. Roach doesn’t want Judah landing any of his power shots in the early rounds, because he’s concerned that his fighter WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan (25-1, 17 KO’s) could get flattened.

Roach has reasons to worry, because Khan was knocked out in the 1st round by Breidis Prescott in 2008. Since that defeat, Khan’s management has been incredibly reluctant to put him in with anyone that even hints at having good power.

“Amir can’t be too aggressive, too early because of Zab’s one punch knockout power with the left,” Roach said to the Daily Telegraph. “The danger lies in his left hook or even his straight left.”

Roach should worry and worry a lot because if and when Judah lands one of his left hands, we could be seeing Khan staggering around the ring a like a drunk. And if there’s one thing about Judah, he finishes off his opponents when he gets them hurt, unlike Marcos Maidana. Khan will be incredibly lucky to survive if he gets hurt in this fight because there won’t be a referee to pull Maidana off of Khan when the going gets tough and Khan starts getting plowed by Judah.

Roach will no doubt have Khan running from Judah for the first six rounds or so. This is what Roach had Khan do in the Maidana fight. Khan ran for nine round straight until he was finally too tired to run and was clocked in the 10th. The running may have to go past the 6th if Judah is still punching with devastating power. In that case, there is a real danger that Khan’s legs will turn to rubber from exhaustion and make him even more vulnerable to getting knocked cold once Judah finally catches up to Khan.


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