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Bolton’s Amir Khan hails four years under Freddie Roach, after announcing split from boxing trainer

By Paddy von Behr

Amir Khan has hailed his four years under the watchful eye of former trainer Freddie Roach, after parting company with him this weekend.

The two began working together following the Bolton fighter’s 2008 defeat to Breidis Prescott and enjoyed early success, as Khan won five consecutive bouts. 

However, despite this promising start under Roach, Khan has lost his last two fights at the hands of Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia.

“I would like to thank him for all his hard work and help during this period and express my gratitude to him for the progress he helped bring about,” said Khan in tribute to Roach.

Khan made the announcement on Twitter on Saturday.

Following his defeat to Garcia, Khan was reportedly unhappy with Roach, who also trains Manny Pacquiao, for failing to concentrate his efforts on the Brit.

This disagreement may have contributed to the decision to part ways, but Khan acknowledged Roach’s other pupils in an official statement released on Saturday.

“I loved every minute training in LA at the Wildcard Gym, learning and sparring alongside some truly great fighters and meeting some fantastic people,” Khan reflected.

Roach’s replacement is yet to be announced but Khan has revealed his excitement about the coming months.

“I’m looking forward, and am excited, about the prospect of working alongside someone new.  I will make an announcement in due course of who this will be,” he said.

“There are some specific aspects of my game I’m looking to work on and hopefully improve. My next training camp begins in early October and I will have everything in place by then.”

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