Roughly six weeks 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 has confirmed he is leaving International Boxing Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach.
Khan (26-3, 18 KOs), who has trained with Roach since 2008, is expected to begin working with either Emanuel Steward or David Haye’s corner-man, Adam Booth, to hone his aggressive style and improve his porous defense.
“I’m not even at my peak yet,” said Khan, 25, a Pakistani-British boxer who at 17 became the youngest Englishman to win an Olympic medal when he captured silver as a lightweight at the 2004 games in Greece. “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.”
Some onlookers and pundits have long contended that 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.
Although not provided with any update, Roach, who currently trains 25 pugilists, is an extremely busy man and it’s for the best that “King Khan” is seeking alternatives.
“I have not heard anything official from them,” said Roach, 52, who made history with his two brothers when all three of them battled on the same fight card at the Boston Garden in June 1982. “I heard they want to fight in December. No one has told me if I’m in or out.”
Khan, who at 22 became one of the most youthful British world champions ever, requires undivided attention and it’s evident he can’t get that with Roach.
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, Emanuel Steward or Adam Booth could have done to mask the Brit’s flatly mediocre skills.by