Amir Khan Takes Blame for Danny Garcia Loss, Could Part Ways With Freddie Roach

Nedu ObiAnalyst IIJuly 18, 2012

Photo by Freddy Sosa
Photo by Freddy Sosa

According to, Amir Khan says no one is to blame but himself for Saturday's shocking defeat at the hands of Danny Garcia. However, he did insinuate that he’s leaving his options open in regard to keeping Freddie Roach as his coach.

Freddie's a great trainer. I'm taking the whole blame, it was my fault[...]There are a few things we shouldn't have done in training camp and could have done differently, but me and Freddie will sit down and talk through it.

But I was the one in the ring, I'm the one making the mistakes and I'm not blaming anyone. My team did a great job and I'm not pointing the finger at anyone.

In what was meant to be a routine fight for Khan manifested itself into a nightmare scenario as Garcia ripped up the form book.

“Swift,” in devastating fashion, captured the Briton’s newly reinstated WBA belt via fourth-round TKO to add to his WBC light welterweight crown and vacant Ring title, which was up for grabs that night.

The fight marked Khan’s second successive defeat, following his split decision loss to Lamont Peterson back in December of 2011 which resulted in him relinquishing both the IBF and WBA titles. However, after it was revealed Lamont had failed a drug test, the latter belt was returned him.

That said, the Garcia fight has left a bad taste in the mouth of the 25-year-old Khan (26-3, 18 KOs)—so much so that he’s now evaluating his present predicament regarding the whole Roach set-up. As such, he hasn’t ruled out a new trainer.

I'm going to look at my options, sit down with my team this week. At the moment I'm happy with Freddie but there are a few things that I want to change.

I'm going to speak to my team, see how they feel about things, and take it from there. It's not something I'm going to jump in and make a decision (about). I'm going to take my time, maybe watch the fight a few more times, see where I need improve and see if Freddie can improve me.

If I do pick another trainer I need a trainer who can take me to where I want to be.


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