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Khan claims approach from Klitschko trainer

ESPN staff
August 3, 2012
Amir Khan was blitzed by Danny Garcia last month © PA Photos

Amir Khan has dropped the strongest hint yet that he is to split from trainer Freddie Roach, after receiving an approach from revered corner-man Emanuel Steward, who looks after Wladimir Klitschko.

Khan's fourth-round stoppage defeat against Danny Garcia last month has drastically altered the trajectory of his career, and he is now looking to take decisive action in order to get himself back on track, which could involve splitting with Roach.

Roach has been credited with improving Khan significantly in recent years, having been piloted in following the Brit's devastating first-round KO defeat to Breidis Prescott in 2008.

However, Khan has now lost both of his last two bouts, and has expressed frustration that he plays second fiddle to Manny Pacquiao, who Roach also trains.

Khan could face similar difficulties under the tutelage of Steward, whose prize pupil is Klitschko. However, Khan is weighing up the veteran American, among other candidates.

"I've had so many trainers approach me in the past week: Steward is the main one who's approached me," Khan told Sky Sports News. "Many trainers have said they can make me into a big, unbeatable fighter. It's all about taking my time on this, it's a big decision to make. I'm still with Freddie at the moment, but in a week's time things might change.

"It's all about seeing who might suit my style, who might help me on my offence, who might help me on my defence. I think I'm one of the best offensive fighters in the world, I just need to work on my defence. I really think to be one of the leading fighters, you need to have both. There are going to be a lot of things I'm going to change, but you will see a new Amir Khan."

Meanwhile, Khan has confirmed that he wants to return to action in England during December. "I wanted the rematch with Danny Garcia, but he didn't want to fight me, he's now fighting Erik Morales," he said.

"Hopefully I can fight the winner of that [at some point]. It's a waiting game really: I want to stay busy, get a fight in December, then a rematch against Garcia."

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