International Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach has finally revealed the reason why Amir Khan is leaving him.
Roach recently has an interview with Boxing Scene, in which he said that he could have stayed as the chief trainer of British fighter but he refused him because he was told to get rid of his other boxers, Manny Pacquiao and Julio Chavez.
“They told me this, and this is pretty good…..they told me if I make Amir number one, and get rid of Manny and Chavez, they will still come back to me,” Roach told BoxingScene.com.
He said, “[They said] if we’re number one and you get rid of Manny and Chavez, we’ll stay with you. I told them ‘I can’t do that.’ They asked me that question face to face and on the phone.”
The 25-year-old Bolton’s finest, who is more commonly known as King Khan, suffered back to back defeats. He lost his battle after twelve rounds against Lamont Peterson last year and this year he suffered a devastating fourth-round knockout loss to Danny Garcia.
After losing titles, Khan blamed Roach. The Brit said Roach’s top priority was Pacquiao and he didn’t give him much time.
Roach, a five-time Trainer of the Year, is with Khan since 2008 and he is considered responsible for shaping up Khan’s career.
Nevertheless, Khan, who carries a record of winning 26 of his 29 professional fights, with 18 of his wins coming by the way of a knockout, thinks Roach can’t teach him good defensive skills.
After Khan was flattered by Garcia, Roach faced a lot of criticism yet he carries no hard feelings for the Brit.
Despite the split, Roach said he only wishes Khan all the best of luck for his future.
“I like Amir, I wish him nothing but the best,” Roach said.
Well, all said and done, let’s see who becomes the new trainer of Amir Khan, who is a former IBF and WBA light welterweight champion.