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Amir Khan praises new trainer Joe Goossen

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Welterweight Amir Khan 31-4 (19) has spoken out about his relationship with new trainer Joe Goossen ahead of his fight against Phil Lo Greco 28-3 (18) at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, United Kingdom on April 21.

“Joe’s getting me back in the groove again and helping me set the gameplan for this guy Lo Greco and hopefully I’ll put a good job on him,” the 31-year-old from Bolton told Sky Sports.

Khan’s previous trainer Virgil Hunter, best known for training super middleweight Andre Ward to various world championship and the consensus pound-for-pound number one ranking before retiring last year, suffered a recent health scare that saw him hospitalized.

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“Obviously I feel bad for Virgil,” said Khan. “I had to move quickly but I’m happy Joe came in to help and took the job on. It was a crucial time for me because I needed someone to help me.

“I thought Joe, with the experience he’s got in boxing and training fighters like (Diego) Corrales and (Joel) Casamayor, he knows how to work with my style and weight division. I think he’s a good match and I hope the fight goes well now.

“The bond is also strong. I see a big difference in my style already. I’m just looking forward to getting in the ring. It’s been a long time, I can’t wait. I’m itching to get in.”

Khan began his professional career as a lightweight and is a former WBA and IBF junior welterweight champion. He was last in the ring in May 2016 when Canelo Alvarez knocked him out cold in six rounds in the first defence of his WBC middleweight championship at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Lo Greco is a largely unknown 33-year-old Canadian. He has dropped three of his last six fights, although in fairness two of those losses came against leading contenders Errol Spence Jr and Shawn Porter.

Neither Khan nor Lo Greco are ranked in the top 15 of any of the four major sanctioning bodies.

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