Amir Khan and Freddy Roach Split

By: Brandon Stubbs

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What is Amir Khan going to do now? It was confirmed today that the former lightweight and super-welterweight champ Khan will be parting ways with Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach. “I’m not even at my peak yet, 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.” said Khan this weekend. Tension between the two parties had been going on over the past few months since Khan’s TKO lost to Danny Garcia. “I have not heard anything official from them,” said Roach, “I heard they want to fight in December. No one has told me if I’m in or out.”

Roach has made it cleared many times in interviews that any other fighter he trains will come in second behind his cash cow Manny Pacquiao. That is something that may have started to affect Khan in his training camps. For his last fight against Garcia, his camp was starting as Manny’s was ending for his bout with Tim Bradley. The same thing happened late last year in his lost to Lamont Peterson when Roach was ending camp and working the corner of Manny for his fight with Juan Manual Marquez. Khan also had to share his trainer’s attention with middleweight champ Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and the up and coming star Peter Quillin who trains at the famed Wild Card Gym in Los Angles as well.

So who should Amir work with now? He will now be moving on to his fourth trainer in the seven years he has been pro; not a good average there. He is penciled in to get back in the ring on Dec. 15th against a yet to be named opponent or site selected. It seems that his career is at a major crossroads. With two straight losses and starting over with a new trainer, Amir has quickly painted himself in to a corner. One bright side is now that with his exit from Roach’s Wild Card Gym, this could open up a bout with Pacquiao if Amir can get back to handling his business in the ring.

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