Mere days after relinquishing his WBA world light welterweight belt by suffering a brutal fourth round TKO loss to WBC light welterweight titlist “Swift” Danny Garcia at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, Amir “King” Khan hinted his partnership with Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach is in peril.
Some onlookers and pundits have long contended that the 52-year-old Roach, a native of Dedham (Mass.) who was voted Trainer of the Year on four occasions by the Boxing Writers Association of America, focuses the bulk of his efforts on working with Manny Pacquiao in the Philippines.
“Sometimes a lot of traveling is not going to be good for you,” said Khan, 25, a Pakistani-British boxer who at 17 became the youngest Englishman to win an Olympic medal when he captured a silver as a lightweight at the 2004 games in Greece. “I have traveled to the Philippines and back. Maybe what we did wrong was having two camps back to back as well. I was spending a lot of time away from home.”
Khan (26-3, 18 KOs), who has been working with Roach since 2008, somewhat praised Garcia (24-0, 15 KOs) for being a sounder prizefighter.
“There are no excuses. I got beat fair and square,” said Khan, who at 22 became one of the most youthful British world champions ever. “It has happened now and we will look at mending those things that can be fixed.”
Roach, who currently trains 25 pugilists and is helping the beleaguered USA Boxing organization with elite amateurs to prepare them for the upcoming Summer Olympic Games in London, England, is an extremely busy man and perhaps “King Khan” should consider alternatives.
Khan may require undivided attention and it’s evident he can’t get that with the New England legend.
Unfortunately for the battered bloke, “The Choir Boy” is not the issue.
Amir Khan proved to be an extremely overrated pugilist Saturday in “Sin City” and there was nothing Freddie Roach could have done to mask his client’s flatly mediocre skills.by