Khan to train with Gallagher for a couple of weeks to get ready for Peterson rematch
By Sean McDaniel: Former IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan will be working out with trainer Joe Gallagher for a couple of weeks rather than flying to the United States to start training with Freddie Roach at the Wildcard Gym in Los Angeles, California.
According to Manchester Evening News, Khan will join up with trainer Roach in the Philippines so that Roach can train both Manny Pacquiao and Khan at different times. Roach is getting Pacquiao ready for his June 9th fight against Timothy Bradley.
Khan faces IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Lamont Peterson on May 19th at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Khan’s business manager Asif Valli told the Manchester evening news, “Rather than have a short camp in the U.S, he [Khan] will start his initial training camp with Joe Gallagher. It’s the first time he’s starting in the UK, but the dates don’t work and Manny is the first in Freddie Roach’s contract.”
Gallagher has done well training the likes of Anthony Crolla, Matthew Macklin, Scott Quigg, Martin Murray and Stephen Smith in the UK. It’ll be interesting to see if Gallagher can give Khan some new tools to use for him to find success against Peterson in their May 19th rematch.
Gallagher trained fighters are known for having excellent uppercuts in close and that’s something that Khan really needs for him to excel against Peterson. Khan looked out of his element against Peterson while being pressured on the inside and used a lot of holding and pushing off rather than throwing uppercuts or trying to fight.
Gallagher hopefully can give Khan some tools to where he can succeed. He won’t have a lot of time to work with Khan unfortunately, but if Khan is a fast learn then perhaps he can take in enough from there short time working that he can still use it to his benefit against Peterson.