By William Mackay: Amir Khan (26-3, 18 KO’s) thinks he hasn’t reached the prime of is career despite having lost two out of his last three fights. Khan sees himself as still on the upward career trajectory. Is that possible?
Khan said to the Dailystar.co.uk “I’m not even at my peak yet.”
A lot of boxing fans feel that Khan’s peak of his career was when he defeated Zab Judah last year in July. Since then, that peak has disappeared with Khan losing his last two fights and looking both fragile-chinned and flustered. If Khan hasn’t reached his peak then he’s going to have show some dramatic improvement over his performances in losses to Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia, as well as his shaky performance against Marcos Maidana.
Khan is in the process of looking for a new trainer, he says. He hasn’t dumped his current trainer Freddie Roach yet, but it’s not looking good for Roach. Khan will have to find the perfect trainer if he’s to take his career forward once again, and it may not be possible to find anyone on this earth that can fix Khan’s physical flaws.
His chin is going to be a problem no matter who trains him. But besides his chin, Khan needs to learn a whole lot about fighting and he needs more discipline to follow the game plans that are given to him. Khan needs to forget all about trying to be an exciting fighter, because his chin is too fragile for him to get into wars with his opponents. For Khan to have an even slight chance of resurrecting his career, he’ll have to become a boring safety first type of fighter that rarely if ever takes chances against his opponents.
If Khan, #5 WBA, can fight like IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitshko and never take chances, Khan perhaps can succeed long enough to get a big money fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. But Khan probably isn’t going to be able to beat the good fighters at light welterweight no matter how careful he fights. His chin will get tested even if he runs.