Khan set to replace Roach: report


Posted at Sep 03 2012 08:31 PM | Updated as of Sep 04 2012 04:31 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Former world champion Amir “King” Khan of Britain will reportedly replace his coach, five-time Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach, according to a report from the UK Daily Star.

Speaking with the Daily Star last weekend, Khan said: “I’m 25 and not even at my peak yet. I want to make a few changes.”

“(I) am in talks to change trainers at the moment,” he added. “I am looking at a few names but I don’t know if they are available.”

Khan’s decision to change trainers came after he suffered two consecutive losses -- first, a controversial split decision to Lamont Peterson last December; and a sensational fourth-round knockout defeat to Danny Garcia last June.

Roach had helped Khan rebound from his first career defeat, a first-round knockout loss against Breidis Prescott in 2008.

But Khan has chafed about his position in Roach’s priorities, as the Hall-of-Fame trainer has repeatedly prioritized Filipino fight king Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao over the Briton.

It is not yet sure when Khan will return to the ring. He has lobbied for a rematch against Garcia, but the Mexican-American slugger is set to defend his titles against Erik Morales.

“Garcia doesn’t want to fight me so I wil just have to find someone else,” Khan said.

Among the trainers who have been linked to Khan are Emmanuel Steward and Floyd Mayweather Sr.