17th September 2012
After parting company with Freddie Roach recently, Amir Khan is reportedly looking to employ the services of another American coach in Virgil Hunter, the mentor and trainer of super-middleweight No1 Andre Ward.
Khan confirmed his decision to part ways with Roach at the weekend following his July defeat by Danny Garcia and is hoping he can get his new trainer in place soon, with a proposed fight being lined up for December.
Khan lost his WBA and IBF light-welterweight titles in that controversial defeat to Lamont Peterson last December.
After that shock stoppage defeat by Garcia, Khan feels he needs a change of direction, feeling Roach couldn’t commit to the more personal one on ones and the time that he needed. Roach trains Manny Pacquaio, Julio Cesar Chavez Junior and a host of other fighters and Khan felt it was time for a change.
It looked like Naazim Richardson was the front runner to replace Roach, although this week Khan took to Twitter to ask his fans who they think he should go with? – on his new quest to get back to the top of the light-welterweight division and reclaim his belts and status.
Khan says he left Roach on good terms and hasn’t ruled out working with him again in the future; “Ive Officially left Freddie Roach! said Khan Just spoke to him and had a good professional chat and maybe in the future we work together. – @AmirKingKhan
The quietly spoken Hunter, as earned BIG praise in the game over the last few years and has proved himself for his work with the unbeaten Ward. That praise was enhanced again earlier this month when the Super Six champion stopped Chad Dawson last to cement his Place as one of the top pound for pound fighters in the game.
Hunter would be Khan’s the fifth professional coach as he tries to get his career back on track after his recent setbacks and that second straight defeat to Garcia.
Hunter has worked with Ward since 1994, guiding him through a illustrious amateur career that accumulated in him claiming a gold medal at the Athens Olympics in 2004. Ward has been with Hunter since a child and looks upon him has a father figure such is their close bond and history and it is a connection that has paid Hugh dividends for the pair.
But is he the correct man to guide and bring the best out of Khan?
If not then who is? Give us your views, comment below!
Khan’s training camp will start in early October and he will hope to have the correct man in place by then, be it Hunter or not.
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