Arguably the best trainer in boxing might be having his worst year to date after Amir Khan repeatedly dropped in his loss to Danny Garcia on Saturday night. Khan is supposed to be one of the rising stars in the Golden Boy stables. Although reports indicate that Khan hasn’t sold as well as he says he does, certainly Golden Boy has invested a lot of time and money into the British star.
But Khan lost his second consecutive fight. In December, Khan lost to Lamont Peterson in a controversial decision. But Khan needed to make a statement against Peterson, and needed a win against Garcia to bounce back. There’s reason to believe that with a victory, Khan could have positioned himself for a fight against Floyd Mayweather. But with his slump, Khan could have a long ways to go if he ever wants to fight in a big-money fight.
For Roach, he’s seen two of his biggest fighters lose in a matter of weeks. Remember, Manny Pacquiao lost a controversial decision to Timothy Bradley. A saving grace for Roach is that he also trains Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., who will fight on Sept. 15 against Sergio Martinez. It is one of the most anticipated fights in a while and should be a strong seller on pay per view. However, Martinez will be the heavy favorite, and Roach could have a painful trifecta of losses.
But Golden Boy took another tough loss by a fighter it has been trying to groom as a star. The other one was Victor Ortiz, who suffered a bad, bad loss against Josesito Lopez. Both guys were supposed to be the next generation, and gave Golden Boy a depth advantage over Top Rank. Maybe not so anymore. Ortiz broke his jaw in two places, so he couldn’t continue. But when Ortiz also quit in his first professional loss to Marcos Maidana, he has hurt his credibility with the fans. With Khan getting knocked down repeatedly, the questions about his chin will begin to dog him once again. That might not be as bad as trying to recover from two losses. Golden Boy does have a big, big thing going for them and that’s Mexican sensation Canelo Alvarez. But Alvarez is fighting Lopez, and it’s unlikely that can be a competitive fight. And Alvarez might not have one until next year. But at least he is undefeated.
It looks grim for both Golden Boy and Freddie Roach, but you can’t count out either one. It will be interesting to see how things go for both from here.