Freddie Roach says "Scottish" Craig McEwan could beat World Champ Pavlik

Unbeaten Scottish Middleweight Craig McEwan has been given a huge vote of confidence by his coach Freddie Roach. Roach, who has schooled numerous world champions such as Oscar dela Hoya, Mike Tyson and Manny Pacquiao, this week told Boxing News that his stylish, Edinburgh born prospect could beat the current World Middleweight Champion, Ohio`s Kelly Pavlik. Speaking after McEwan`s 8th round stoppage of Canadian Champion Kris Andrews in Las Vegas last week, Roach indicated that he was looking to step McEwan up sooner rather than later. "I`d like a World Title shot at the end of the year.."

McEwan was flattered by his mentor`s confidence but was typically modest about such high praise. "I am confident that I will win a world title some day soon and a bout against a legend like Kelly Pavlik would be a dream come true. But there are many good fighters ahead of me in the queue and I expect to have at least a couple of victories against top prospects before I get a shot at a title.

Asked about who his first choice opponent for his next bout would be, Craig replied " I would like Golden Boy Promotions to put me in with someone of the stature of England`s Matthew Macklin. He has recently expressed interest in fighting in America. If that fight was to happen, there would be massive interest in Britain especially with the Scotland v England thing."

Article posted on 16.04.2010

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