After suffering a surprising knockout loss to Danny Garcia on July 14, former junior welterweight title holder Amir Khan has some serious thinking to do as his career moves forward. One of the biggest decisions will be what to do with his current trainer, Freddie Roach.
At the young age of 25, Khan has plenty of time to revitalize his career, and having the right trainer will be crucial to Khan making it back to the top of the 140-pound division and eventually the welterweight division once he decides it's time to make that jump.
In a interview with the Daily Mail, Khan discussed his concerns with continuing with Roach as his trainer:
I really enjoy my time living and working with Freddie in Los Angeles, but I don't know what the effect is on me of all the other traveling to be with him and Manny (Pacquiao). Maybe from this point I should spend more time in England, in my comfort zone.
Obviously hinting at the traveling to the Philippines that Khan does to be be with Roach—when the world-renown trainer makes the trek to train Pacquiao—Khan wants Roach's full attention instead of playing second fiddle to "Pac-Man."
Khan also told the Daily Mail: "The time has come for me to be No. 1 in my training camp. I've got to start putting myself first and stop worrying about other people."
Sure, it would be in Khan's best interest to request Roach's full attention during his training camps leading up to fights, but leaving the trainer that guided him to the top after suffering a first-round knockout to Breidis Prescott in 2008 would not be the right decision.
With Pacquiao at the end of his career, one could guess we will see "Pac-Man" in the ring three to four more times, and Khan could would be smart to stick with Roach through that until he can become the Hall of Fame trainer's primary focus.
Khan just got caught with one of those shots that happens in boxing; he came off his game plan a bit and got too brave for his own good and paid for it in the end.
The way Khan was knocked out had nothing to do with his travel for his training camp, and the 26-3 fighter must realize he is in good hands with Roach. Khan will not find a better trainer to get his career back on track, as Roach has already done that once before for the former champ.