Khan wants Roach to make changes
MANILA, Philippines – Former world light-welterweight champion Amir Khan of Britain wants his chief trainer, Freddie Roach, to make some changes following his upset knockout loss to American boxer Danny Garcia last Saturday in Las Vegas.
“I’m at the stage where I can make no more mistakes,” Khan told Boxing Scene. “I need to do things that benefit me and stop thinking about others, which I’ve been doing my entire life.”
“In the end, it’s me who gets in the ring.”
Khan was a massive favorite against the unbeaten Garcia, and lived up to his billing in the first two rounds. The British boxer used his speed and his reach to box from the outside and peppered Garcia with right hands.
But Garcia seized control in the third round when he floored Khan with a crushing counter left hook. Though Khan managed to survive the third, he would be knocked down twice more in the fourth and the referee opted to stop the fight.
Khan has said that he will continue to box on, but that changes will have to be made regarding his training with Roach.
“Now is the best time to sort these things out and my team will talk things over with Freddie,” Khan said. “I’m sure he will understand because he’s been a fighter too.”
Roach is one of the most high-profile coaches in boxing, having been named Trainer of the Year five times. He also trains Filipino fight king Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and Mexican rising star Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
“It is hard when you are with Manny, and have to be the number two (fighter),” Khan admitted. “Every fight is a big fight for me.”
Because Pacquiao is his stablemate, Khan has had to make some sacrifices, including going to the Philippines to train. This is something that may have to change, as Khan said he prefers to train in the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles.
“Sometimes a lot of travelling is not going to be good for you. I have travelled to the Philippines and back,” Khan said in a separate interview with ESPN.
Khan said he is not looking to split with Roach, whom he has worked with after his first career loss against Breidis Prescott.
But the British boxer insists there has to be changes.
“I know we work on the right things on offense, but we have to work on the defense too,” Khan said. “It’s about going back to the drawing board and I’m going to have to do that.”