Goossen: Made Lot of Progress With Amir Khan in Past 3 Weeks

By Keith Idec

Joe Goossen is encouraged by the progress he and Amir Khan have made during their short time together.

Khan hired Goossen as his trainer recently because Virgil Hunter has been dealing with an undisclosed medical issue. They’ve been working together for less than a month in Southern California, but Goossen has liked what he has seen from the former super lightweight champion.

The 31-year-old Khan (31-4, 19 KOs) will end nearly a two-year layoff April 21, when he is scheduled to encounter Toronto’s Phil Lo Greco (28-3, 15 KOs) at Echo Arena in Liverpool, England.

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“Amir Khan is one of my favorite fighters to watch,” Goossen told Sky Sports for a story recently posted to the network’s website. “I’m a fan, too. I’ve had some great fighters, but he’s right up there. We hit it off really well and trained very hard in the first week. I gave him a taste of what I do and he appreciated it. We’ve made a lot of progress in the past three weeks.”

England’s Khan acknowledged that hastily changing trainers isn’t ideal, but Goossen has made that transition smoother.

“Joe’s getting me back in the groove again and helping me set the game plan for this guy Lo Greco,” Khan said. “And hopefully, I’ll put a good job on him. Obviously, I feel bad for Virgil. He’s sick. I had to move quickly, but I’m happy Joe came in to help and took the job on. It was a crucial time for me because I needed someone to help me.

“I thought Joe, with the experience he’s got in boxing and training fighters like [Diego] Corrales and [Joel] Casamayor, he knows how to work with my style and weight division. I think he’s a good match and I hope the fight goes well now.”

Khan hasn’t fought since suffering a sixth-round knockout defeat to Canelo Alvarez in May 2016.

The contract weight for Khan’s loss to Alvarez in their WBC middleweight championship match was 155 pounds. He’ll battle Lo Greco at a contracted catch weight of 150 pounds (Sky Sports; ESPN+ app).

“I see a big difference in my style already,” Khan said in reference to working with Goossen. “I’m just looking forward to getting in the ring. It’s been a long time. I can’t wait. I’m itching to get in.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by HarvardBlue on 04-12-2018

It only took 3 weeks to improve 20 years of bad habits. Goossen is Trainer of the Millennium if that's true.

Comment by landotter on 04-12-2018

No one is buying these headlines anymore. Amir Khan gets a ton of grief that he probably shouldn't get. He has been a decent fighter who has taken on most any competition in his divisions and the guy is always…

Comment by frosty-g on 04-12-2018

We always saw khan as a perfect hybrid of corrales and Casamayor hahahaha

Comment by Jab jab boom on 04-12-2018

Any day now we'll hear of how khan sparred with the ghost of Diego corales and took his best shots.

Comment by rrayvez on 04-12-2018

Khan has always put too much emphasis on his trainers. Initially he acts as if they've taught him more than he's ever learned and then he blames them when he gets knocked out or performs poorly. It'll he the same…

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