Freddie Roach, aka “Dedham” Freddie, spoke to Everlast at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday afternoon, after the main event press conference to hype the Saturday welterweight showdown between Terence Crawford and Amir Khan, who Freddie used to train.
The Cali based tutor, who will corner Christopher Diaz in a clash with Shakur Stevenson, in a step-up for the NJ based boxer. Freddie said he really, really likes Diaz’ chances against Shakur, who he deems “OK.”
Freddie also weighed in on who he thinks is pound for pound number one. His vote goes to Crawford, he told me. “Crawford is the best fighter in the world, better than Loma, Loma came up a couple notches in his last performance, he won the fight, he didn’t go out there and play around, he went out there and took care of business like he’s supposed to. When he goes out there and plays around and taps guys and tries to embarrass them it’s not fun to watch. But what he did the other night against Crolla was very good. But I still think Terence is the best fighter…but him and Errol Spence need to fight, then we’ll have the best fighter in the world.”
And can the politics be ironed out, so we see that?
“For boxing to stay on top, the best need to fight the best. If they don’t do that, it’s bullshit.”
My three cents: Strong words from Roach, but I’m with him. There is a lot of appetite for a young gun face-off, between two guys in their prime, Crawford and Spence.