Nearly a month 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 is considering leaving trainer Freddie Roach for fellow International Boxing Hall of Fame corner-man Emanuel Steward.
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.
“I’ve had so many trainers approach me in the past week: Steward is the main one who’s approached me,” 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. “Many trainers have said they can make me into a big, unbeatable fighter. It’s all about taking my time on this, it’s a big decision to make. I’m still with Freddie at the moment, but in a week’s time things might change.”
Khan (26-3, 18 KOs), who has trained with Roach since 2008, continued to layout his reasons for mulling a change.
“It’s all about seeing who might suit my style, who might help me on my offence, who might help me on my defense. I think I’m one of the best offensive fighters in the world, I just need to work on my defense,” said Khan, who at 22 became one of the most youthful British world champions ever. I really think to be one of the leading fighters, you need to have both. There are going to be a lot of things I’m going to change, but you will see a new Amir Khan.”
Roach, who currently trains 25 pugilists, is an extremely busy man and perhaps “King Khan” should seek alternatives.
Khan may require undivided attention and it’s evident he can’t get that with the Boston area legend.
Unfortunately for the battered bloke, “The Choir Boy” is not the issue.
Amir Khan proved to be an extremely overrated pugilist this summer in “Sin City” and there was nothing Freddie Roach, or Emanuel Steward, could have done to mask the Brit’s flatly mediocre skills.by