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Amir Khan decides to split with trainer Freddie Roach

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Amir Khan is mixing up his corner after his second straight loss. (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

LAS VEGAS — It appears the working relationship between former junior welterweight champion Amir Khan and Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach is about to be over. In the aftermath of July’s knockout loss to Danny Garcia — Khan’s second consecutive defeat — Khan said he would consider replacing Roach in his corner. On Tuesday, Roach said that members of Khan’s team told him the fighter would stay with him only if he agreed to drop Manny Pacquiao and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

“They said ‘Make Amir No. 1, get rid of Manny and Chavez and he will still come back to me,” Roach said. “I said I can’t do that. It’s simple.”

Roach said Khan’s team made the offer twice, first in a face-to-face meeting between Roach and Khan’s manager, Asif Vali and later in a phone call between Roach and Khan’s father, Shah.

Roach says he has no hard feelings for Khan.

“I’m a busy person,” Roach said. “I’ve been with Manny for a long time. Manny is my guy. Someone has to take the blame and it’s usually the trainer. I’ve been fired before and it won’t be the last time. I like Amir. I wish him the best. They better keep him away from punchers.”

– Chris Mannix

  • Published On Sep 11, 2012
  • 7 comments
    seancolumn
    seancolumn

    nukesandiego: the post was read and i stand by my comments. Amir Khan and Thomas Hearns should not be mentioned in the same breath, let alone the same sentence!! With your rational we can compare most boxers to each other, who obviously will have similar attributes, except in this instance one fighter is a legend, the other is an over hyped British boxer who does not have what it takes to make it at the top. Pretty simple stuff....

    nukesandiego
    nukesandiego

    Woah, PaulMcCann and seancolumn, do you guys have reading comprehension problems. The comparison is valid if there are some attributes shared between the fighters, the original poster is not saying Khan was as good as Hearns. He even states that Khan does not have the power Hearns had. Read the damn post before you comment. 

    Joe15
    Joe15

    Khan is a really good and exciting fighter. However, he has no chin whatsoever. I know Garcia is undefeated, but Khan should have easily beaten him. All Garcia has is some power punches, with very little skill. If Khan can't beat someone like Garcia, then he can't be considered an elite fighter. He needs to get over himself and stay with Roach.

    PaulMcCann
    PaulMcCann like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

    Comparing Amir Kahn and the Hall of Fame fighter Thomas "The Hitman" Hearns is evidence of diseased mind or at least of someone who has no idea what they are talking about. The Hitman was such a far superior boxer who stood up against (well, at least until he fought Marvelous Marvin Hagler) the best in the world. Kahn is a talented fighter but no where near the skill level of Thomas Hearns. I'd love to Emanuel Steward's face,if anybody lacked the common sense, what he thought of that comparison, it would be worth the price of admission. 

    TobyTucker1
    TobyTucker1

    Khan is an exciting fighter. He likes to mix it up and always puts on a great show. Unfortunately he has a glass chin. If he could take a good shot then we would be talking about the best PFD Fighter in the world.

    seancolumn
    seancolumn

    Comparing Amir Khan to Thomas Hitman Hearns, are you out of your mind? Khan is just another over hyped British fighter and when he makes the step up he loses, not that his step up was to the highest quality. An old man, well out of his prime in Erik Morales would destroy him, what does that tell you?

    AntonMattadeen
    AntonMattadeen

    Khan has a big heart and great talent, but unfortunately seems to have the same affliction that plagued another boxing great who also displayed unbelievable courage whenever he fought, Thomas Hitman Hearns. Hit him on the button and his legs disappear. Amir has not been blessed with the awesome one-punch knockout power of the Hitman which is a big reason why he's been exposed long before he has reached the pinnacle of his career. Fighters are now willing to take his shots to deliver theirs. The only thing that any trainer can do about that is exactly what Roach stated: "keep him away from punchers." Until Amir discovers some real power this will remain the case.

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    1. [...] Trainers in boxing are like coaches in any other sport, when things go wrong they are the first ones to be fired. Even Hall of Fame trainers like Freddie Roach. “They said ‘Make Amir No. 1, get rid of Manny and Chavez and he will still come back to me,” Roach said. “I said I can’t do that. It’s simple.” [...]