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Amir Khan Confirms December 15 Return, Will Have New Trainer

Amir Khan and Freddie Roach have probably worked together for the last time, as Khan says he's looking for a new trainer. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
Amir Khan and Freddie Roach have probably worked together for the last time, as Khan says he's looking for a new trainer. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Amir Khan has not made an official announcement, and Freddie Roach says he hasn't been told whether he'll remain Khan's trainer or not, but all signs are pointing to Khan replacing Roach in his corner and moving on to a December 15 fight.

Khan (26-3, 18 KO) has lost his last two fights, first falling to Lamont Peterson in a pretty controversial fight last December, followed by a stoppage loss to Danny Garcia in July.

Khan has made mention of Emanuel Steward being interested (though Steward denies he's contacted Khan at all), and also says that he'll consider ex-fighters, naming Bernard Hopkins (who is not an ex-fighter as far as I know), Oscar De La Hoya, and Shane Mosley.

Oscar and Mosley have never trained anyone for a pro fight, and neither has Hopkins. This would seem really risky. Hopkins' trainer Naazim Richardson has also been mentioned, as has Adam Booth, who has done a great job with David Haye and George Groves.

The December fight will either be in the States or in England, Khan says, but won't be against Joan Guzman, which was a recent rumor. Guzman had already said that won't be the fight, and Khan says he's not interested, either.

Assuming Khan leaves Roach, which looks inevitable, who do you think would be the best fit for him? There are plenty of trainers who would love to get their hands on a guy like this, who has tremendous natural talent and ability, but glaring weaknesses as well. Do you think Khan can be molded? Or will he just need to find someone who can accentuate his positives and eliminate his negatives as best as possible? Who would you advise him to hire?

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