Freddie Roach and Amir Khan have officially parted ways, and Khan says he'll announce a new trainer soon. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
Amir Khan and Freddie Roach have officially decided to end their working relationship, as the fighter and trainer came to a rather hilarious stalemate over the idea of Khan being Roach's No. 1 fighter. From BoxingScene.com:
"They told me this, and this is pretty good -- they told me if I make Amir number one, and get rid of Manny and Chavez, they will still come back to me. They said] if we're number one and you get rid of Manny and Chavez, we'll stay with you. I told them, 'I can't do that."'
What's funny here is that it's another strange case of Team Khan kind of screwing up an attempt to sound, like, noble or fair or whatever. I think the intent here was to say, "Well we tried to stick with Freddie." I don't think there are hard feelings in this situation. Roach says he still likes Amir and wishes him the best.
But instead of this coming off like they gave Roach a chance to stay with the team, it comes off like they're out of their minds. "Mr. Roach, you must get rid of this 'Manny Pacquiao' and this 'Chavez Jr' if you wish to keep the great Amir Khan in your stable. We'll have your answer on the morrow!"
So it might have taken Roach all of three seconds to just go, "No," or he might have almost died laughing over the absurdity of the request, which means it might have taken up to a full minute. I like to think it was something like this:
Khan says he'll make an announcement soon on a new trainer, possibly next week, but that he still hasn't made a decision. Currently, Khan (26-3, 18 KO) has lost two straight fights to Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia, and is planning to return to the ring on December 15.