Amir Khan on parting with trainer Freddie Roach
Amir Khan has released a statement (below) on his decision to leave Freddie Roach, his trainer of four years. Over the weekend speculation has grown that Khan has approached Virgil Hunter, the highly respected trainer who coaches Andre Ward.
If true, Hunter will be Amir's fifth trainer and will see him taking charge of the Bolton fighter coming off two defeats. Roach however had a parting shot and some insider advice for Khan's next coach.
He said, 'I like Amir but they should keep him away from punchers.'
Amir Khan Statement
'After nearly four years together, in which we enjoyed some great success, I part ways with my trainer Freddie Roach. I would like to thank him for all his hardwork and help during this period and express my gratitude to him for the progress he helped bring about whilst I was under him.
I would also like to thank his team. I loved every minute training in LA at the Wildcard Gym, learning and sparring alongside some truly great fighters and meeting some fantastic people.
I feel now, however, is the right time in my career to make a fresh change and bring in a new trainer. I'm looking forward, and am excited, about the prospect of working alongside someone new. I will make an announcement in due course of who this will be.
There are some specific aspects of my game I'm looking to work on and hopefully improve. My next training camp begins in early October and I will have everything in place by then.'