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Khan could be set to axe trainer Freddie Roach

The Bolton fighter was knocked out by Danny Garcia at the weekend and feels Manny Pacquiao gets most of Roach’s attention.

Image: Eric Jamison/AP/Press Association Images

AMIR KHAN COULD be set to split from trainer Freddie Roach, after he was knocked out for the second time in his career by Danny Garcia on Saturday.

The Bolton fighter was stopped in the fourth round by Garcia in Las Vegas, having been floored three times in the WBA and WBC light-welterweight unification bout.

He is now on a mission to reclaim both titles but has grown disillusioned with the amount of attention Roach gives to Manny Pacquiao, whom he also coaches.

“I want someone who is with me all the way through, like my conditioner Ruben Tabares is,” he said.

“It’s hard when you’re with Manny and have to be the number two.

“Every fight is a big fight for me, I’m fighting top-10 guys and so I need the best guys with me all the way through. Now is the best time to sort these things out and my team will talk things over with Freddie.

“There are a few things I have to change to benefit me.

“Maybe we have to see if I’m doing the right training and have the right sparring.”

Ramadan

Khan said that he now plans to take some time out to think about his next opponent, and that quitting the sport could not be further from his mind.

“I’m going to spend the next few weeks relaxing during Ramadan and recharging my batteries after what was a 16-week training camp for me.

“I’ll then sit down with my team to assess the options in front of me.

“Well done to Danny Garcia on his performance, but I promise that I’ll bounce back stronger than ever as I look to regain my spot at the top of the 140lb division.

While many fighters would choose to retire after suffering a couple of losses, the 25-year-old Khan insists that he is not one of them.

“Many fighters down the years have bounced back from defeat to prove their greatness and that’s exactly what I intend to do.

“I’ve never shirked any challenge or refused to fight anyone in my division even though it would have been easy for me to do so.”

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