Khan's Trainer Not Buying 'Mayweather is Old' Talk

By Edward Chaykovsky

Virgil Hunter, trainer for British star Amir Khan (30-3, 19KOs), is not on board with the critics who believe WBC/WBA welterweight and junior middleweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (47-0, 26KOs) is "old" and fighting like a "shot" boxer.

Khan is trying to get Mayweather in the ring in the first half of 2015. Even Khan has questioned Mayweather's abilities.

Hunter admits Mayweather, who is closer to 40, is no longer the same fighter who was closer to 20 or even closer to 30 - but he sees Mayweather's current fighting style as being physical adjustments to the changes in his body - similar to the reinvented fighting style of Bernard Hopkins.

"He's not the same guy the you saw five years ago or six years ago. He's the guy that now continuously reinvents himself. A fighter can only reinvent himself when he has some attributes in place, from a physical point and also from a mental point. Floyd's IQ, being at the very top in boxing, and his physical ability toned and sharpened from years an years of repetitions - him reinventing himself is just an adjustment to the times. But everything else is intact," Hunter told On The Ropes Boxing Radio .

"He might not hit you with a jab and bring a hook off of it. He might be reversed, he might hit you with one or the other. It's like Bernard reinventing himself. Only in boxing does a guy get ridiculed for not being the same guy that he was in his 20's. That's what great athletes do. When you have one thing starting to slip, you bring another ingredient into it that benefits your skill as a fighter. And Floyd has proven that."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by B Phontain on 12-31-2014

[QUOTE=tredh;15240623]I disagree. IMO Floyd looks bad when he is pressured by a fighter that is physically stronger than him. Floyd has fought and looked very good against pressure fighters. But has never looked good in fights when the guy pressuring…

Comment by tredh on 12-31-2014

[QUOTE=LarryXXX;15239254][B]Floyd looks bad when he is pressured[/B] [B]and does not have time to think[/B]...He will look great against anyone who actually tries to box him ....but yes he is far from prime[/QUOTE] I disagree. IMO Floyd looks bad when he…

Comment by truefan on 12-31-2014

If you all believe that beating Devon Alexander warrants a fight with Floyd then stop smoking whatever you are smoking. Devon does not compare to Floyd. Devon would not beat any of the champions that Floyd has beaten. Canelo, shutout.…

Comment by ma51f on 12-31-2014

Good boy. If Floyd grows some balls & fights Khan he will lose . Khan would get no respect and say mayweather washed up. Lets debunk that myth straight away

Comment by Gary Coleman on 12-31-2014

[QUOTE=Lullaby;15240152]Khan can beat Floyd, FLOYD has NEVER in his career fought ANYONE with speed.[/QUOTE] Yeah, Mosley and Judah are the epitome of slow. This board gets worse by the day.

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