Amir Khan feeling confident after returning to old trainer ahead of Crawford fight

Terence Crawford and Amir Khan Press Conference

Amir Khan has returned to trainer Virgil Hunter ahead of his welterweight world title fight next month.
Khan will face up against current WBO champion Terence Crawford, in Madison Square Garden, on April 20.

Ahead of the fight, the 32-year-old has been reunited with his old coach at an intense training camp in San Francisco, where he looks to gain an edge over his opponent.

"Training is going really well. I am here in San Francisco and really liked getting back with Virgil,” Khan told The Mirror.

"We are sparring hard, training hard, and going to be in great condition because we know that Terence is a great fighter.”

Khan had previously teamed up with trainer Joe Goossen, as illness forced Hunter to take a break from the sport.

The change in personnel had been going well for him winning both of his two fights under Goossen's guidance, most notably knocking out Phil Lo Greco in just 39 seconds back in April.

Despite the success, the boxer from Bolton insists that bringing back his old coach is the right decision ahead of the upcoming fight.

"I really believe he knows me better than anyone else – than any other trainer. In fact, I was with Joe Goossen because Virgil was a little sick, and I had to make a quick change,” said Khan.

Amir Khan Media Day

"I have had my best performances in boxing with Virgil, great wins, and I couldn’t wait to join with him again. Since we began camp, everything has been going really well.”

Crawford will be a stern test for Khan as he looks to return to the world level for the first time since being knocked out by Canelo Alvarez back in 2016.

The undefeated American will surely be favourite to retain his title, but Khan still believes he’s capable of causing an upset in New York.

"I know I have a lot against me, but this is where I like to be. This is where I like to be because I am the underdog. I am at my best when people are looking over me.”

Amir Khan challenges undefeated Terence Crawford for the WBO World Welterweight belt, live on BT Sport Box Office, Saturday 20th April. For more information go to www.bt.com/btsportboxoffice

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