Khan Does Not Blame Freddie Roach For Recent Defeats

AMIR KHAN has defended himself in the face of strong criticism for appearing to blame Freddie Roach’s Parkinson’s disease for his split from the trainer.

Former undisputed light-welterweight champion Khan and Roach parted company in the wake of his upset defeat by Danny Garcia in August and the 25-year-old has since appointed Virgil Hunter as his coach.

Speaking in promotion of his fight against Carlos Molina in Los Angeles on December 15, Khan stated that Roach’s ability to train was being impaired by his illness.

“It’s hard to see him older and getting worse. I wish him the best,” he said.

“Freddie, with the Parkinson’s disease, he was struggling with instructions and couldn’t move as well.”

But Khan has used his Twitter account to clarify his comments, stressing he does not hold Roach accountable for his losses to Lamont Peterson and Garcia.

“Hey guys I didn’t say @FreddieRoach is a bad trainer, he’s one of the best out there and took my career to a high winning two world titles,” Khan said. “I blame myself for the losses in my career. Not blaming @FreddieRoach or anyone. I just needed a change.”

Roach responded by stating his Parkinson’s was not the cause of his split from Khan.

“If that was true, why would he say to me ‘fire Manny Pacquiao and Julio Chavez Jr, and they’ll keep me?’ Him, his father, his lawyer and his uncle all said that,” he said.

“It had nothing to do with Parkinson’s.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by P4P Prince on 11-02-2012

[QUOTE=Light_Speed;12660129]They should have removed his pic a long time ago.[/QUOTE] IDK why they even have his pic with guys like Klitch, B-HOP, FMJ and Manny.. Hes not even in the same breath, in the same league, nor will he ever…

Comment by Light_Speed on 11-02-2012

[QUOTE=P4P Prince;12660118]Khan =- To classless.... Khan = To glass jaw Khan = To No heart Khan = Blame it on the coach Khan = Please take this guy off thepics from the top, why do you even have…

Comment by P4P Prince on 11-02-2012

Khan =- To classless.... Khan = To glass jaw Khan = To No heart Khan = Blame it on the coach Khan = Please take this guy off thepics from the top, why do you even have him…

Comment by Pin Galarga on 11-02-2012

The coach can't fight for his boxer and has no control of what happens once his boxer gets hit. Roach knows boxing, but He is overrated as a trainer. IN this case, He can't fix a glass jaw and in…

Comment by Big Lou on 11-02-2012

If Khan looks good in Dec., I want to see Alexander vs Khan next.

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