MANILA, Philippines – Despite feeling homesick, former world champion Amir Khan of Britain is relishing his training in Baguio City.
Khan, who will square off with Lamont Peterson to reclaim his IBF/WBA junior welterweight titles, said he is enjoying the isolation in the City of Pines as this allows him to focus on his training.
"It's great to come up here and train. There are no distractions. I'm isolated," he said in RingTV.
The boxer said he also enjoys the little thing the Philippine countryside has to offer -- like the steady supply of coconut juice.
"We don't really get that in L.A. or England, the papayas, many of the other fruits," said Khan.
The British Pakistani will have one more sparring session against three boxers, who are mimicking Peterson’s move.
He is due to fight Peterson on May 19.
"(They have) quite similar styles to Lamont Peterson, pressure fighters who like to fight in close so it helps me to work on the inside and work on my technique better," said Khan.
"They've been working on coming forward, just like Lamont Peterson, they're exactly the same. Maybe one guy is a lot more quicker and maybe one guy is a lot more stronger. These guys are coming heavy; I know they're big punchers. We've been sparring heavy, doing 10 to 12 rounds with them."
After the Baguio training, they will head back to Manila before flying to Los Angeles for the remainder of their camp at the Wild Card Boxing gym.