Amir Khan's former trainer Freddie Roach has criticised the boxer for the way he fights.

Roach, who trained Khan for four years until their split last September, had a lot of positives to also say about the Bolton boxer.

When talking to Koncrete Jungle, Roach said: "He likes to exchange, he stays in the pocket too long. When he does that he gets taken and he doesn't have a great chin.

“He's a very good fighter... he's got great speed. If he wouldn't exchange so much, he will beat a lot of guys easier.”

The two men split after Khan was stopped in the fourth round by Danny Garcia in Las Vegas in July last year.

Since the split, Khan has been trained by Virgil Hunter, who helped him to victories over Carlos Molina and Julio Diaz.

Roach believes that Hunter has done little to alter Khan's fighting style, though.

He added: “The thing is he needs to be a better boxer, a smarter boxer. I couldn't [change] that, his new coach couldn't do it either.”

Khan has not yet set a date for his next fight, although there is speculation that it will be a world title fight in America later in the year.

The 26-year-old currently has a record of 28 wins from 31 fights, since turning professional the year after securing an Olympic silver medal in Athens in 2004.

 

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