By Joe Delaney, courtesy of The Daily Star
AMIR Khan will hold crisis talks with Freddie Roach after his shock world title defeat at the weekend.
Khan, 25, insists he does not want to split with the Hall of Fame trainer, but wants Roach to commit to spending more time working with him.
Roach also trains Manny Pacquiao and Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr and Khan is tired of having to fit his schedule around other fighters’ plans.
This has even meant him having to travel to the Philippines in the past, where Pacquiao is a politician, so he can train with Roach.
Khan’s career is at a crossroads after he lost his WBA light-welterweight title to WBC champ Danny Garcia in Las Vegas on Sunday morning.
He has ruled out retirement after his third career loss and second in a row.
He said: “It is hard when you are with Manny and have to be the No.2. Every fight is a big fight for me.
“I’m at the stage where I can make no more mistakes. I need to do things that benefit me and stop thinking about others, which I’ve been doing my entire life. In the end, it’s me who gets in the ring.
“Now is the best time to sort these things out and my team will talk things over with Freddie. I’m sure he will understand because he’s been a fighter too.
“I love training in LA and the great sparring I get there. I know we work on the right things on offence, but we have to work on the defence too.
“It’s about going back to the drawing board and I’m going to have to do that.”
Khan had to get his ear drained in hospital after the fight and also had a brain scan, but was given a clean bill of health.
He insists he did not underestimate Garcia and talk of facing Floyd Mayweather Jnr next did not make him take his eye off the ball. He said: “We had a long camp, but I never let the Mayweather talk get to me. I take it one fight at a time.
“In the fight I remember it was so easy catching him and for a split second I got complacent, lost concentration and he caught me.
“I had to avoid those big looping shots, but I couldn’t get away from them.”
Khan says he would love a rematch with the American, ideally in England.
“I’d love to have a rematch,” he said. “There are a few fights available to him, but the big money would be a rematch.
“It would be brilliant to have that in the UK, December time. I’ve been fighting away from home a long time. It’s time to go home again.”