By Terence Dooley
Amir Khan recently announced that he wants to turn his promotional vehicle, Khan Promotions, into a major player on the boxing scene. Khan, though, still has his own career to consider and despite a July 14 fourth-round defeat to Danny Garcia the 25-year-old has insisted that he will bounce back into contention.
Indeed, the Bolton-based boxer has courted controversy by stating that he was not happy with the amount of time he spent with his trainer, Freddie Roach, going into the contest and has spoken openly about Roach, who also trains Manny Pacquiao, spending more quality time with him ahead of future fights. Khan’s ultimatum is a sure sign that the former WBA and IBF light-welterweight champion is in charge of his own career, which Khan confirmed when speaking about Team Khan with BoxingScene recently.
“The fighter has to also remember that he’s the boss, what he says goes,” said Khan. “Never feel threatened by the manager saying this or that. You can go out and get any manager you want if you want to. Never be under the thumb or think you work for the manager or promoter, they work for you — don’t let anyone pull you down or control you.”
Khan places big fight negotiations in the hands of his father, Shah, as well as his business manager, Asif Vali, while having final say on any deals, arguing that his ability to delegate is based on trust and the knowledge that his team are there for him.
“I’ve kept my family around me and people I trust,” said Khan. “You need someone who will be there for you and maximize your potential. I have made a lot of money. I am only 25 and I don’t think any 25-year-old has made what I’ve made, but that’s because I’ve been managed right and am the boss.”
With his next series of decisions key ones, the 26-3 (18) former champion knows that he and his team are at a crucial crossroads in his career and need to put recent reverses behind them in order to get the 2004 Olympic silver medalist back among the world titles.
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