“Officially I have left Freddie Roach,” 25-year-old Khan confirmed on Twitter, “Just had a good professional chat and maybe in the future we will work together."
Roach, for his part, wished Khan well for the future. "He said, 'I know you're busy with your other fighters and I'm going to go in a different direction,” the 52-year-old confirmed to ESPN, “He said, 'No hard feelings, maybe we'll get back together someday.' He was being nice. I wished him luck. I've been fired before."
Roach had also claimed that Khan’s camp had asked the Hall of Fame trainer to stop working with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, a middleweight champion, to focus his attention on the Brit’s career – but rejected their plea.
Khan began working with Roach after a devastating loss to Breidis Prescott in 2008. In the same stable as pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao, the Bolton-born fighter began to fight regularly out of the US, rehabilitated his career, and became a world champion under Roach.
But Khan lost his way with a controversial defeat to Lamont Peterson, and followed it up with a devastating loss to Danny Garcia in July, when he was stopped in four rounds.
Khan's record now stands at 26 wins and three losses. Roach oversaw his last 10 bouts, while Oliver Harrison trained him for his first 17 fights. Dean Powell and Jorge Rubio each lasted one fight.
There is no confirmation yet of who Khan is to work with next, but he is expected to announce the switch on Saturday.
- Julio Cesar Chavez Jr