Boxing news: Amir Khan reveals trainer switch ahead of next fight as Virgil Hunter returns to camp after health scare


Joe Goossen had coached the Brit for his two comeback outings

Amir Khan has revealed he is set to return to train with former coach Virgil Hunter for his next fight in the New Year.

Hunter suffered an undisclosed health scare at the beginning of this year, meaning he was unable to be in Khan’s camp for his two comeback fights against Phil Lo Greco and Samuel Vargas in 2018.

Amir Khan first joined up with Virgil Hunter in late 2012

Amir Khan first joined up with Virgil Hunter in late 2012

As a result, the Brit opted to work with Joe Goossen for those two bouts, but will now go back to his old trainer, who has recovered well.

“I’ll be back in America to start my training camp over there,” Khan stated at a Berkeley Assets Event.

“I was in LA for the last two fights because my trainer Virgil Hunter was quite sick.

“He’s a lot better now so I’m going to go back to San Francisco where he is.

“I’m gonna start my training camp over there.”

Khan has also declared that he is now once again targeting an all-British super-fight against Kell Brook for 2019.

The domestic dust-up is being targeted for March/April, and would be Khan’s first fight back under the tutelage of Hunter.

When asked at a Berkeley Assets Event whether he will finally fight his British rival, Khan answered: “Have you seen his last fight?

“He took too many shots. I just think having that long lay-off that he had can calm your body.

“Plus lots of people say that outside the gym he doesn’t live the professional life.

“We’re in talks, I’m with the same promoter Eddie Hearn and hopefully that fight can happen, probably in March or April.”

Kell Brook failed to impress against Michael Zerafa

Kell Brook failed to impress against Michael Zerafa

Following Brook’s super-welterweight win against Michael Zerafa, the Sheffield man stated he would move back down to welterweight and meet all of Amir Khan’s conditions to make a bout between them.

Brook even admitted he would now accept a 10lbs rehydration clause as Khan suggested – something that had previously been a sticking point.

Reflecting on Saturday’s fight, Amir added: “I think if that was me in the same ring as him on that night, I probably would of stopped him in like six rounds.

“But if the fight does happen in April or March, I’ve definitely got the win. 100 per cent.”

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