Amir Khan confirms split from trainer Freddie Roach
By Phil Norris
Amir Khan has parted ways with trainer Freddie Roach after suffering defeats in his last two fights.
The partnership has produced two world titles for Khan, but the Bolton boxer was on the receiving end of a controversial split-decision loss to Lamont Peterson last December and was knocked out in the fourth round by Danny Garcia in July.
Writing on his official Twitter feed, Khan confirmed the split but left the door open for a potential reunion.
"Just spoke to [Roach] and had a good professional chat, and maybe in the future we work together," he said.
Speaking to ESPN, Roach described the phone call he received from Khan in which the boxer broke the news of his intention to team up with a new trainer.
"He said, 'I know you're busy with your other fighters and I'm going to go in a different direction," Roach explained.
Khan is yet to decide on a replacement for the five-time trainer of the year, although Virgil Hunter - who works with super middleweight champion Andre Ward - is thought to be in the frame, along with Pedro Diaz.
A source told ESPN that Hunter flew to New York this week to meet Khan and work out with him.
15 September 2012, 11:19