By Rob Smith: Amir Khan’s next trainer could be Virgil Hunter. It’s still not official yet, but according to reports Hunter is the one that Khan has selected to replace trainer Freddie Roach. Hunter is a well respected trainer and is better known as the trainer for WBA/WBC super middleweight champion Andre Ward.
Khan is looking for a good defensive trainer that can fix his leaky defense that has caused him to lose his last two fights. Whether Hunter can fix Khan’s defense to the point where he can beat the top fighters in the sport is open for debate. Hunter definitely knows his stuff but he’s not a miracle worker.
Khan will have to be able to take an occasional solid shot to the head even with the best training instructions from Hunter. That’s the whole problem. Khan has starched in fights against Breidis Prescott and Danny Garcia, and he barely dodged getting knocked out in against Marcos Maidana in 2010.
Up until now, Khan’s defense has been his offense and legs. He moves really well and he’s got excellent offensive skills. However, he seems to blow it by standing in front of his opponents too long looking to throw fancy combinations. He doesn’t have the chin to throw sustained flurries and that’s what has gotten into trouble at times.
Hunter has done a great job with Ward, but he had a lot to work with. Ward is a gifted athlete. Khan has some gifts as well, but he’s not in the Ward class in terms of his chin.
Khan plans on fighting on December 15th against an opponent still to be determined. He says he’s looking for an opponent with a name and has already said no to a fight against Joan Guzman.