MANILA, Philippines - Former world light-welterweight champion Amir "King" Khan of Great Britain claims he has been approached by many boxing trainers as he ponders a split from his coach, five-time Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach.
Khan has admitted that he is thinking of changing trainers after losing two straight matches: first against Lamont Peterson in a disputed decision, and last July, to Danny Garcia via a brutal fourth round knockout.
"I've had so many trainers approach me in the past week," Khan said in an interview with Sky Sports News, as quoted by ESPN UK. [http://www.espn.co.uk/boxing/sport/story/163427.html#8w9WAxdRebVAy58l.99
Khan claimed that the "main one" who approached him is Emmanuel Steward, who is the trainer of world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko.
"Many trainers have said they can make me into a big, unbeateable fighter. It's all about taking my time on this. It's a big decision to make," he said.
Khan said as of the moment, his trainer is still Roach. "But in a week's time, things might change."
"It's all about seeing who might suit my style, who might help me on my offense, who might help me on my defense. I think I'm one of the best offensive fighters in the world, I just need to work on my defense," he added.
"I really think to be one of the leading fighters, you need to have both. There are going to be a lot of things I'm going to change, but you will see a new Amir Khan."
While Roach has helped Khan bounce back from his first career loss to Breidis Prescott in 2008, the British boxer has recently expressed his frustration over having to share Roach's time with Filipino fight king Manny Pacquiao.
Roach is also the trainer of Mexican champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.