Tuesday, 25 September 2012 16:39

Amir Khan 'Bolton' to Talent-Rich Welterweight Division, Still in New Trainer Talks

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A jr welterweight at the start of his career before moving down to lightweight for awhile, Bolton's Amir Khan may join the likes of Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, Tim Bradley, Carson Jones, Victor Ortiz, Robert Guerrero, Paul Malignaggi and Devon Alexander as a welterweight fighter.

After losing his last two bouts against Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia, perhaps a jaunt north will be a good move for the Brit of Pakistani descent. After all, he's 5'10"/178cm and was rumoured to be considering a move to welterweight prior to his loss to Lamont Peterson in December 2011 anyway.

Is Amir Khan vs Floyd Mayweather, Tim Bradley or Victor Ortiz a possibility for 2013?

New Trainer?
Andre Ward's trainer, Virgil Hunter, has confirmed he's in talks with Khan but stopped short of saying a deal had been made.

"Nothing is really official (between me and Khan). Nothing has come from Khan or his people or anything like that. So, until then, they are rumours," Hunter told Chris Robinson of Examiner.com.

As of now, Amir Khan, 25, is still without a head trainer after leaving Wild Card Gym and famed trainer Freddie Roach earlier this month.

And while Virgil Hunter refuses to speculate he's Khan top choice for a new trainer, he does believe the former two-time jr welterweight champion can rebound from his losses to Peterson and Garcia. 

Pictured: Virgil Hunter, the trainer of Andre Ward. Will he train Amir Khan as well?


"Khan, without a doubt, is extremely talented. Of course, in my personal opinion, there are reasons why he has been in some of the predicaments that he's been in but those predicaments are easily recognized and they are easily eliminated out of his repertoire.

"People are really quick to put labels on you. I see a kid who takes a pretty damn good punch; it's the decisions after he takes the punch that cost him. It's part of boxing."

"People don't realize that Ezzard Charles was knocked out seven times. Joe Louis was knocked out. It goes on and on.

Virgil Hunter added, "... Amir Khan is going to be a threat to anybody he's in the ring with. Trust me. Saying that, he's got a great of chance to continue his career and fulfil his career just the way he envisions it."

Amir Khan is looking to return in December and is expected to announce his new trainer within the next 14 days so he can begin training in mid-October.

A list of possible opponents has likely been drafted by Khan's advisers.

Khan vs Chaves?
Interim WBA Welterweight Champion Diego Chaves says he's received a tentative offer from Team Khan, asserting a fight with the Brit could happen later this year.

"I have a few days to think about two options - one here [in Argentina] and one overseas. There is an interesting proposal to face Englishman Amir Khan. I do not know where and I am not sure yet how much. I have to think about it and it is necessary to see the numbers." Chaves told boxingscene.com.


Who is Diego Chaves
Representing the same country as Sergio Martinez, Marcos Maidana and Lucas Matthysse, the 26 year old Argentinean sports an impressive 22-0 record with 18 wins coming via knockout.

As the current WBA interim and WBO Latino welterweight champion, Chaves doesn't have any recognizable names on his ledger.

Before turning pro, Diego Chaves represented Argentina in the 2007 Pan American Games where he won the bronze medal in the welterweight category. He also participated in the Americas qualifying tournament for the 2008 Summer Olympics but was eliminated.


Lee Cleveland

Lee is Managing Editor of FightSaga.com, a student of the Sweet Science and longtime boxing fan.