Roach: Khan didn't talk about firing me


Posted at Jul 20 2012 07:44 PM | Updated as of Jul 22 2012 02:08 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Boxing coach Freddie Roach has denied a report that the camp of British boxer Amir Khan is considering firing him.

This was Roach’s reaction to reports that Khan is thinking about changing trainers following Khan's 4th-round loss to Danny Garcia.

"I spoke with Amir and his dad yesterday, and the idea of changing trainers never came up,” Roach said in RingTV.

The trainer said he even offered to help Khan look for a  more appropriate boxing trainer.

"They said, 'no, no, everything's fine.' They said 'we just need to just maybe we want to get better sparring partners,'” said Roach.

The famed trainer also said there is no dispute with Khan's camp over the schedules of the former boxing champion's training.

Roach said Khan prepared well and was given plenty of attention when he trained in Baguio City with Manny Pacquiao.

"I spent a lot of time with Amir in the Philippines with Manny, but then, his rematch with Lamont Peterson got canceled. We sent him home for three weeks so he wouldn't burn out,” he said.

"And then, we got the offer to fight Garcia, and they accepted the fight. I had the time and I worked with him every day. I missed four days being with [Julio Cesar] Chavez Jr.,” added Roach.

Khan earlier mentioned that he might consider switching trainers after suffering back-to-back losses under Roach’s watch.

Prior to his stinging defeat to Garcia, Khan was also edged by Peterson via a split decision.