Khan Says Roach's Illness Was Partial Reason For Split

By Edward Chaykovsky

Former champion Amir Khan was pretty open about his reasons for firing trainer Freddie Roach. When the British star was interviewed a few weeks ago, he said the main reason for making a change was the high volume of fighters that Roach was working with. Khan said grew tired of sharing training camps with Manny Pacquiao and other boxers who are working Roach.

Khan then hired Virgil Hunter, who himself is starting to build a big roster of boxers at his gym in California.

Another reason for splitting with Roach, according to Khan, is the trainer's day to day battle with Parkinson's disease. Khan believes Roach's condition is getting worse and the disease is starting to affect his routines as a trainer.

"Freddie's illness, it's very hard to see him as he's getting older. I believe that he's getting worse, and I wish him all the best. Freddie is still, with the Parkinson's disease, doing a great job working the mitts and working with fighters day in, day out. I just believe that I need someone who is going to work me that bit harder and get the best out of me," Khan said.

Khan returns on December 15th in a Showtime televised fight against Carlos Molina.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ronnie_N. on 11-01-2012

i always thought its the glass jaw and not the trainer... khan has an entertaining style to be honest, problem is just he can't take solid punches... even you assemble a team of trainers solely for khan, if a bomb…

Comment by puga on 11-01-2012

whatever you say young leopard..:lol1: used to like khan but he really does talk too much bs

Comment by EDD1 on 11-01-2012

Not sure about England but in the states this is a violation of AWD act of 1990....

Comment by jmoney123 on 10-31-2012

Khan is such a piece of *****, i guess its Roach's fault he has a glass jaw.

Comment by mex602 on 10-31-2012

[QUOTE=P4P Prince;12654701]WOW! is back at it again... THis guy is out of control... Blame Freddie's disease in having a weak glass jaw.. How bout instead of figuring out why you got smashed by Peterson and Garcia rather than blaming…

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