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Robert Garcia: Khan Made The Right Move To Hire Hunter

By Robert Morales

Robert Garcia has become one of the top trainers in the game. He will be in Nonito Donaire's corner Saturday, when the Filipino star faces Toshiaki Nishioka - as well as Brandon Rios' when he takes on Mike Alvarado in a junior welterweight showdown. He believes that as long as Amir Khan was going to make a change, Virgil Hunter was a good choice for a new trainer. Khan recently parted ways with Freddie Roach.

"Virgil's a great trainer," Garcia said. "He's done a great job with [Andre] Ward, so why wouldn't he be the right person? I think he's a very talented trainer, so I think Amir Khan made the right decision."

That doesn't mean Garcia believes that Roach is to blame for Khan's TKO loss to Danny Garcia.

"Well, you know, after a fighter starts losing and after fighters are not looking the way they normally do, the first person they go after is the trainer," Garcia said. "Nobody was saying that before. Freddie Roach has done a great job with Manny Pacquiao and just that itself tells you that he's a great trainer.

"He did a great job with Amir Khan, too. But you get into tougher fights, you get into tougher opponents, you lose one or two and the first person they go after is the trainer. That's just the way it is."

Khan has lost two in a row - to Lamont Peterson last December, and Garcia in July.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by MASTER1454 on 10-12-2012

[QUOTE=P4P Prince;12598592]Freddie is not known to be a defensive coach at all.. but Freddie also didnt say stand in the middle and get popped not by one but 2 guys after another, cmon Khans chin is suspect and has been…

Comment by P4P Prince on 10-12-2012

Freddie is not known to be a defensive coach at all.. but Freddie also didnt say stand in the middle and get popped not by one but 2 guys after another, cmon Khans chin is suspect and has been since…

Comment by Liljo on 10-12-2012

If kahn wasnt happy with Freddie Roach, it behooved him to make a decision and move on to another trainer. There's no question Freddie is a great, great, trainer. If you see the documentaries and 24/7's (with Freddie) you see…

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 10-12-2012

[QUOTE=jtcs1981;12597395]I like when trainers acknowledge other trainers and give them the respect they deserve. Unlike around here where the keyboard and tv experts dismiss them.[/QUOTE] Yeah, it was cool of Garcia to give credit to Virgil Hunter while still refusing…

Comment by MASTER1454 on 10-12-2012

In this case, Roach is partially responsible - he doesn't teach defense & doesn't make any adjustments when his fighters are catching the business. Meaning: he's not prepared. Roach trains his fighters like he used to fight & he wasn't…

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