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Roach Fires Back Against Khan’s Blame Game Comments

by Chris Cella

Prior to bringing Virgil Hunter aboard to prepare him for his upcoming fight against Carlos Molina, former two-time world champion and former unified WBA super and IBF light welterweight champion Amir “King” Kahn was working under the tutelage of world renowned and future Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach.

Following his 4th round TKO loss at the hands of now WBC world light welterweight champion Danny “Swift” Garcia, Kahn dropped Roach as a trainer, saying that his Parkinson’s disease is impacting his coaching ability.

Roach—who has battled Parkinson’s for years—has been named Trainer of the Year by the Boxing Writer’s Association of America five times and currently trains former champion Manny Pacquiao, amongst others.

About Khan’s contention that his disease is impeding on his coaching performance, Roach fired back, “If that was true, why would he (Kahn) say to me, ‘Fire Manny Pacquiao and Chavez Jr.’ and they’ll keep me?

“Him, his father, and his lawyer and his uncle all said that. It had nothing to do with Parkinson’s. Parkinson’s had nothing to do with it. They know that. And I wish them the best of luck.”

Despite the tremors Roach experiences as a result of the disease, he has shown no slowing down as a trainer, as he has worked in getting his fighters ready for the big time fights.

Roach angrily stated that he knows that he—and not Virgil Hunter—would still be training Kahn and preparing him for his upcoming December 15 bout if he agreed to walk away from his other fighters.

Fighters fight, not make excuses. Any boxer who has stepped between the ropes and has tasted defeat accepts his role in the loss, and doesn’t point fingers and plays the blame game.

Khan’s saying Roach’s disease impacted his performance as a trainer is a low blow showing little class, and says a lot of about his character.

Roach has established himself as one of the best trainers in the game, and the proof is in the pudding. His resume speaks for itself, plain and simple.

So the real question is … if Carlos Molina is able to pull off the upset, who will Amir Khan blame next?

9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. Chales

    11/02/2012 at 8:17 pm

    roach is the best trainer and no doubt about it

  2. jess dams

    11/02/2012 at 8:54 pm

    Khan khan’t last long in boxing if he does not change his attitude of blaming others for his losses. I think one of his losing attitude is to listen only to himself on how to fight but hears nothing of his trainer’s instructions.

  3. Nightmare

    11/02/2012 at 8:57 pm

    ROACH AINT THE BEST TRAINER BUT KHAN AINT SHIT! Hes over rated with no chin ,no brains and no class. ROACH IS A GREAT TRAINER BUT TO SAY HES THE BEST ! R I P KRONKS FINEST MR. STEWART WE LOVE YOU MAN! !

  4. Anonymous

    11/02/2012 at 9:55 pm

    roach is the best and humble trainer in the world like pacman…….

  5. jess dams

    11/03/2012 at 3:44 am

    Khan knows some things are wrong with the way his career is going. But he is just clueless what his problems are. I am sure it was not Freddie’s illness as one of them. Pacquiao’s successes and Freddie’s multi awards as trainer of the year are enough to say Khan is misguided indeed!!

  6. "Da Next Attraction"

    11/03/2012 at 8:44 pm

    Amir Khan will be knock out on Dec. 15 for sure and that will be the end of his boxing career. It will be on round 9 for sure. Good luck!!!!!!

  7. John

    11/04/2012 at 8:00 pm

    Kahn was exposed a long time ago for no chin.

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