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Khan in no rush despite Hunter link

ESPN staff
September 17, 2012
Amir Khan has lost his last two fights © Getty Images

Amir Khan has reportedly held talks with trainer Virgil Hunter - but ESPN understands it could be as long as a month before the Brit appoints a new coach.

Khan is on the lookout for a new trainer after confirming his split from Freddie Roach over the weekend. He opted to dispense with Roach following defeats in each of his most recent two fights, against Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia.

Naazim Richardson, who has worked with Bernard Hopkins and Shane Mosley, has been linked with the vacancy - but it now seems that Hunter, who trains super-middleweight master Andre Ward, is at the head of the queue.

Hunter, renowned for his no-nonsense approach, has seen his reputation soar in combination with Ward's success. However, despite discussions with Khan, there are other trainers being considered and no appointment is imminent.

Khan has revealed that he hopes his new mentor will be able to improve his defence; Ward is one of the most elusive fighters in the business.

Khan, the former WBA and IBF light-welterweight king, holds a 26-3 record.

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