Amir Khan will bank on the experience of top American trainer Freddie Roach to get his career back on track after his stunning 54 second knockout defeat to Breidis Prescott in Manchester earlier this month.
Khan spent the weekend at Roach’s famous Wild Card gym in Los Angeles and although his team remain coy about his future plans, Roach has claimed he will train the 21-year-old prior to his December comeback fight.
Roach, who currently trains Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao, told talkSPORT: “We’re going to fight in December and he’s going to train here for six weeks for that fight.” Khan split with new trainer Jorge Rubio in the wake of his defeat to Prescott, although there have been suggestions from his father Shah that Rubio may still have a part to play in the new set-up.
And Khan will still need someone in his corner for his December 6 comeback, as Roach has a commitment to Pacquiao, who faces De La Hoya in Las Vegas on the same night.
Roach believes there is plenty of improvement possible in Khan. He said: “He needs a rebuilding of everything to be honest with you, because sometimes when you get knocked out like that it can be pretty devastating.
“But you need to get right back at it and not waste any time. He’s making a few fundamental mistakes and we’ll make some adjustments. He’s a very talented kid and he’s capable of making those adjustments.”
Khan missed the chance to work closely with Pacquiao during the trip. The Filipino firebrand was not due to arrive at Roach’s gym until tomorrow – the same day the Khan camp had booked their flights home.
Khan had previously been impressed by top Americans trainers Buddy McGirt and the Mayweathers, Roger and Floyd Snr, and tonight refused to confirm Roach’s appointment, although an announcement is due this week.
Shah told PA Sport: “Obviously this trip was just to see Freddie and work with him but we’ll get back home and Amir will have a think and decide what to do. It’s gone well but it’s Amir’s decision to make.
“There is the possibility of us still working with Rubio. He showed us some good things. He won’t be the main trainer, but there is the possibility he could still be involved.” The 48-year-old Roach has been voted trainer of the year three times by the Boxing Writers Association of America, and has previously trained the likes of De La Hoya, Bernard Hopkins and Mike Tyson.