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Amir Khan Makes Peace With Roach and Breaks Away

By Edward Chaykovsky

Former champion Amir Khan (26-3, 18KOs) has confirmed that he broke away from trainer Freddie Roach.

BoxingScene.com reported two days ago that Khan's management wanted Roach to dump Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Manny Pacquiao - and commit more time to Khan's training camps. Roach refused.

"They told me this, and this is pretty good.....they told me if I make Amir number one, and get rid of Manny and Chavez, they will still come back to me," Roach told BoxingScene.com. "[They said] if we're number one and you get rid of Manny and Chavez, we'll stay with you. I told them 'I can't do that.' They asked me that question face to face and on the phone."

Khan, after suffering back to back defeats to Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia, complained about Roach consistently pairing him with other boxers in joint training camps.

"Officially I've left Freddie Roach. Just spoke to him and [we] had a good professional chat and maybe in the future we'll work together. Freddie understood why I'm looking at other trainers and wished me all the best for the future," Khan said.

The British star is expected to reveal his new trainer on Saturday.

Khan was scheduled to return to HBO on December 15th, but now that date seems to be taken by WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley. According to a network insider, HBO rejected a proposed fight between Khan and former champion Humberto Soto.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by DhymezFMJFan on 09-15-2012

[QUOTE=PinoyNation;12512742]Who is, then?[/QUOTE] The one that doesnt get any credit for having the only undefeated elite fighter holding 2 titles in 2 different weight classes simultaneously... Roger "The Black Mamba" Mayweather. Mayweather Sr. would require Khan to have a sense…

Comment by Uncle Buck on 09-15-2012

I've heard rumours from people in the game that it's Roach's heavy drinking that was the main catalyst for the split. I mean, he wasn't just tipsy after the Garcia fight, he could barely talk.

Comment by ThePunchingBag on 09-15-2012

[QUOTE=FlatLine;12513265]Pacquiao won the fight but you gotta admit that he ran out of ideas towards the end of the fight, just chasing Bradley around and hardly throwing much.[B]. A good trainer would have made Pacquiao more effective to the point…

Comment by PrinceNaz88 on 09-15-2012

Nice to see they split on good terms. Khan had to leave Roach though, his defence hasn't improved at all.

Comment by FlatLine on 09-15-2012

[QUOTE=ThePunchingBag;12513208]LOL wtf does Roach have anything to do with Pac's loss. The judges of that fight let Roach off the hook on this one.[/QUOTE] Pacquiao won the fight but you gotta admit that he ran out of ideas towards the…

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