International Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach has worked with Amir Khan for almost three years but now Khan has moved on to Virgil Hunter in order to improve his defensive skills. Although Hunter is confident of bringing Khan under the main lights, Roach feels it would be a difficult job.
Khan has suffered back to back defeats and his career is now on the brink of failure and Roach reckons it has all happened because the Brit never listens to anyone.
Roach said to RingTV.com “If they can calm him down and get him not to exchange so much and get him to box a little bit more, being a great athlete, he’ll do much better. But I don’t know if anyone can change that though.”
Well, the reigning BWAA Trainer of the Year, Virgil Hunter doesn’t agree with Roach as he believes that Khan’s flaws can be taken out of his game and he can get to the elite level of boxing once again.
While speaking on his inclusion, Hunter told the media that Khan is an extremely talented fighter and he just needs to be on the right track.
“Amir Khan, without a doubt, is extremely talented. Of course, in my personal opinion, there are reasons why he has been in some of the predicaments that he’s been in but those predicaments are easily recognized and they are easily eliminated out of his repertoire,” said Hunter when asked about Khan’s game.
He said, “People are really quick to put labels on you. I see a kid who takes a pretty damn good punch; it’s the decisions after he takes the punch that cost him. It’s part of boxing. People don’t realize that Ezzard Charles was knocked out seven times. Joe Louis was knocked out. It goes on and on.”
Amir Khan certainly cannot afford to lose this time so let’s see if Virgil Hunter can really bring him back to his best form.