when he was stopped. Hes become a completely different fighter since he began working with me. We havent lost one round since weve been together. The Kotelnik fight was a great fight for us because we beat the guy in every round. We dominated him in every round and I feel we will do that in this fight too. I dont see us losing a round in this fight either. Amir is a 100 per cent better fighter. Ive never had a fighter who listens so we
ll and learns and takes advice so well as Amir Khan. This isnt trash-talking from Roach
and he is supremely confident that Khan will back up his words and make a successful third defence of his crown on his Las Vegas debut, headlining at the Mandalay Bay. As ever, Roach is the man with the plan and he has instructed Khan to frustrate Maidana (above) with his jab before moving in for the kill in the second half of the fight. We will stick to the game plan, although we will go after Maidana at some stage of the fight, said Roach, wh
o arrived in Vegas yesterday with Khan. But only after weve broken him down. That will take a few rounds and hes a very durable guy. But I still think Amir will knock him out in the later rounds. Kotelnik is an interesting yardst
ick for both fighters and while Khan produced his most disciplined,
and arguably best, performance in dethroning the Ukrainian, Maidana suffered his only pro defeat in his 30 fights when he challenged him five months earlier. Maidana did lose on a wafer-thin split decision and his camp have been at pains to play down the significance of his defeat
and Khans win. His trainer Miguel Diaz even claimed there was nothing to choose between b o t h m e n s display
s, which was rather insulting to Khan. I wasnt with Maidana at that time and I only saw that fight on tape, but I think Maidana could have won that fight, he said. Ive also seen the tape of Amir winning his fight against Kotelnik and I thought their performances were very similar. There was nothing special about Amir winning and nothing special about Maidana losing. That fight d o e s n o t make any difference to this one. It does not bear any correlation to this fight. Maidana, who has 27 stoppages in his 29 wins, said: I hit Kotelnik much more than Amir did. I hurt him. But this has nothing to do with this fight. Believe me, Im ready for this fight.