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Virgil Hunter Discusses The Additions of Khan, Angulo

By Luis Sandoval

Reigning Trainer of the Year Virgil Hunter was in attendance at the Abner Mares-Anselmo Moreno press conference yesterday in Los Angeles as he was supporting one of his newest fighters in Alfredo “Perro” Angulo who will also be fighting on that card against Raul Cazares. There had been talks that Hunter would be Angulo’s new trainer and all was confirmed yesterday as it was revealed both have already been training in Los Angeles.

“I'm here now [but] he will be coming to the Bay area. All my resources are there so we've made a schedule that works for both of us and he has no problem coming up to the Bay Area. That's where all the sparring is, my stable and my where my resources are so it would be much easier for him to go to the Bay Area as opposed to me coming down here” Hunter would tell BoxingScene in regards to his training arrangements with Angulo.

Hunter made it clear that he will not be trying to change Angulo or his style in anyway but instead adding pieces and technical improvements to his game. He made an analogy as he compared Angulo to a World War II Battleship that was eventually improved. Instead of the United States changing the ship, they simply added more weaponry which exactly what Hunter plans to do with Angulo. He doesn’t want to eliminate the things he does great already but just add on to them.

Hunter confirmed he will also be training Amir Khan who recently parted ways with Freddie Roach after two back to back losses.

“It is official. We have reached an agreement. I'm excited to work with Amir Khan. Again, I think it’s a great fit for the stable. I mean think about it; some of the fighters that loom in Amir Khan's future [such as] the Matthysse's, the Brandon Rios, the Ricky Hattons and all of a sudden I have 'El Perro' to help him in the gym with sparring and everything. Those names I just mentioned are nowhere near him as far as applying pressure in fighting that type of fight. Now I have at my access "El Perro" to work with Amir Khan to get Amir Khan acclimated to some of the type of styles that have given him problems so it was a great fit for the stable” said Hunter.

When Khan split from Roach it was cited a big underlying issue was Khan not feeling he was getting the proper attention from Roach as he often had to share camps with Roach’s prized pupil Manny Pacquiao. Khan even went as far as going to the Philippines since Pacquiao liked to start the first half of his training there before heading back to the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood. Hunter revealed he assured Khan that would not be the case with him.

“Amir actually said I know Andre [Ward] is your number one [and] I told him I don't have a number one. I look at everybody as the same. And I wanted him to feel that way. And Andre is not the type of kid that Amir Khan comes aboard and all of a sudden he decides he wants to go train across the country somewhere. We're going to stick to what we stick to” revealed Hunter.

“[Andre] welcomes the addition of a fighter of the caliber of Amir Khan and the fighter of the caliber of Alfredo Angulo because he knows what I've been through personally in my life. We started when he was 9 years old so he wants other people to benefit from what he's benefited from. So in that case I have the right guy for a situation like this. It wasn't like it was difficult decision”.

Hunter’s stable has grown dramatically in the last month as aside from adding two key names in Angulo and Khan, he also has taken on Middleweight contender Fernando Guerrero as well. He’s very excited about the opportunity to work with different fighters and we’ll get to see his work with them soon as both Angulo and Khan have fights before the end of the year.

You can follow Luis Sandoval on Twitter @Truewest007. You can also tune in to The Boxing Lab, Boxingscene’s official audio show every Tuesday from 6-8PM PST with hosts Ernest Gabion, Luis Sandoval, and Ryan Burton.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ShoulderRoll on 10-05-2012

Can Virgil work successfully with a brawler like Angulo? That will be an interesting experiment.

Comment by Joey_Torreo on 10-05-2012

im so excited to see what he will do with angulo. El perro needs to get back into an already deep 154 division. Cant wait for nov.

Comment by fladz on 10-04-2012

That's a pretty stupid saying, a better one is "A bad workman blames his tools". Anyway, I'm excited to see how Khan progresses under Virgil Hunter. He needs to drop the ego and listen to everything the guy tells him.

Comment by B.R!ghteous on 10-03-2012

What Virgil did with Ward is amazing. But everything changes once he adds more prize fighters to his stable. He has to learn how to deal with various personalities and schedule training time accordingly. I wonder what Khan's excuse will…

Comment by lillu89 on 10-03-2012

El perro is going to KO khan in sparring

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