|Amir Khan to Workout With Freddie Roach - Exclusive Amir Khan Update
Interview by Gabriel Montoya (Sept 19, 2008) DoghouseBoxing.com
This Saturday, newly defeated British sensation Amir Khan will arrive in Los Angeles to begin talks with trainer Freddie Roach about possibly taking over the head trainer position.
"Amir Khan is coming with his father and attorney. They wanted to talk to me about about re-building his career," Roach said today from his Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, CA.
Khan's visit will begin an evaluation process and will include workouts with Manny Pacquiao who is in town prepping for his mega-bout with Oscar De La Hoya in December. Roach feels the time with Pacquiao will be well spent for Khan. Pacquiao's work ethic is second to none and is often used by local trainers as a way of showing young fighters just how hard you have to work to not only get to the top but stay there.
"I haven't seen the fight," said Roach, "but I heard it was a bad knockout and probably something hard to come back from. But I figured since Pacquiao is in town, I told him I thought it would be good to be around a champion and see how a real champion works. So I said, come on down."
Is there a chance that we could see some sparring between the two fighters?
"Style-wise I don't know if he is the best guy to prepare Pacquiao for this fight. But they will work together," said a doubtful Roach.
As for when a final decision would be made Roach was unsure.
"Hard to say. The thing is, I believe he needs to get back on that horse as soon as possible. Get some confidence back and take it from there."
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