Amir Khan’s coach wishes he’d spend more time training

May 8, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; British boxer Amir Khan watches the laker girls during game 5 of the Western Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs between the Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center. Denver won 102-99. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

British boxer Amir Khan has called out Floyd Mayweather Jr. essentially and claims to know how to beat him. He has stated that he wants to fight Mayweather after his December bout against Devon Alexander. His wishes might come true because Floyd Mayweather Sr. said he wants him to be his son’s next opponent.

Khan has gone 2-2 in his last four fights, and part of his problem seems to be his training regimen. Khan’s coach Virgil Hunter wishes his fighter would dedicate himself to training and live in the gym.

From Jeff Powell of the Daily Mail:

You have to make this sport your absolute priority if what you want is to be the best. If Amir changes his ideas, really commits to boxing and really becomes a student of the game he could grow very quickly.

Most of the fighters like Amir who come to me to save their careers have the same thing in common. They don’t have 100 per cent dedication. That is what it takes and that is what I preach.

I’m not saying Amir is wavering. But I am saying that to be a great champion you have to be focussed and disciplined. What makes it difficult for Amir is his popularity. He has to switch all that off. He has to live the life. I’m not afraid to tell him that because I am trying to get the best out of him.

Hunter essentially dives into training to get ready for fights but lacks the discipline to stick to training between camps. If Khan defeats Alexander though he’ll have the IBF welterweight title belt though.

Topics: Amir Khan, Floyd Mayweather Jr

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