Khan: I’m going to throw more uppercuts to beat Peterson in close
By William Mackay: Amir Khan plans on doing a little bit of fighting on the inside when he faces IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Lamont Peterson in a rematch on May 19th at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada. Khan says he’s not going to push off on Peterson and he also won’t just stand there and cover up like he did last time.
Khan plans on using uppercuts a lot more and shifting his upper body to throw punches at an angle. The angle is the brain child of his trainer Freddie Roach. If you watch him train guys, he’s always focusing on having them throw shots from different angles. It sounds good in theory but doesn’t always work out well, and it’s probably awash because his fighters are generally far superior than the guys they’re being matched up against, so whether they throw from angles or not, it’s kind of irrelevant.
Khan told Sky Ringside “[I’m going to throw] a lot more uppercuts, we’re going to work on the inside and also instead of standing there and taking the shots on the inside when he throws a hook we’re going to go under them shots and maybe work on the side when he throws a hook we’re going to hit the angles.”
I don’t think Khan will be able to throw enough uppercuts to slow Peterson down. He knows that Khan can’t handle body shots and he’s going to keep delivering them no matter what. Khan can land an odd uppercut here and there, but Peterson’s body shots are going to be steady as rain. He’s not going to stop and Khan will be forced to run, shove pull down on Peterson’s head just like he did last time. The sparring that Khan will be doing for the Peterson fight won’t put him under the same kind of stress that he’ll be experiencing against Peterson on May 19th and that’s why we’ll see Khan falling back into his run, shove and head pulling routine once he starts feeling the heat from Peterson.
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