Amir Khan, who at 17 became the youngest Englishman to win an Olympic medal, suffered a brutal fourth round TKO loss at the hands of WBC light welterweight titlist ‘Swift’ Danny Garcia at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Almost six weeks after relinquishing his WBA world light welterweight belt, Khan has finally confirmed that he is leaving the International Boxing Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach.
The Bolton’s finest, who holds a record of winning 26 of his 29 professional fights, with 18 of his wins coming by the way of a knockout, was pondering over his relationship with Roach ever since he suffered a defeat at the hands of the American and it looks as if he has finally decided to part ways with Roach.
“I’m not even at my peak yet,” Khan told the Star on Sunday. “I want to make a few changes and am in talks to change trainers at the moment.
“I am looking at a few names but I don’t know if they are available.”
Roach, who was voted Trainer of the Year on four occasions by the Boxing Writers Association of America, has trained with Khan since 2008 and he is responsible for shaping up Khan’s career. However, many out there, including Khan, have long contended that Roach focuses more on the eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao.
Well, all said and done, Roach, who is currently training 25 boxers, has not confirmed anything as of yet.
“I have not heard anything official from them,” the American said recently. “I heard they want to fight in December. No one has told me if I’m in or out.”
After losing to Garcia, the 25-year-old, who is more commonly known as King Khan, said he couldn’t produce his best because he did a lot of travelling with Roach ahead of the fight. Khan wants undivided attention from but it is not possible because of the Filipino boxing star and this is the main reason why the Brit is looking at the alternatives.
Khan is expected to begin working with either Emanuel Steward or David Haye’s corner-man, Adam Booth, in order to improve his defensive game.