Rubio named Khan's trainer after highly publicized search

7/27/2008 - Boxing

Lightweight contender Amir Khan's highly publicized search for a trainer ended in something of a surprise when the 2007 ESPN.com prospect of the year and England's brightest young star named Jorge Rubio as his chief second on Saturday.

Khan (18-0, 14 KOs) parted ways with Oliver Harrison in April and worked with Dean Powell for his June 21 victory against Michael Gomez before launching a search for a new trainer. It brought him to the United States to meet and work out with such high-profile trainers as Freddie Roach, Floyd Mayweather Sr., and Buddy McGirt.

But Khan, 21, said he gelled best with Rubio, a former coach of the powerhouse Cuban national team. Rubio worked with Mario Kindelan, the 2004 Olympic gold medalist who defeated Khan in the Olympic final.

In his final amateur bout, a special event rematch made in England after the Olympics, Khan defeated Kindelan.

Rubio, who is based in Miami, will begin working with Khan immediately and be in his corner on Sept. 6, when Khan faces an opponent to be named at the M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, England.

"I'm delighted that Jorge is now my trainer and I look forward to working with him towards winning the world title," Khan said. "I met with a lot of trainers when I was in America and had plenty of training sessions with everyone and they were happy to come and work with me in Bolton. But I was impressed most by Jorge and his set up and, more importantly, I felt comfortable working with him. His training methods will give me a new dimension."

Said Rubio, "It's fantastic to be given the opportunity to work with such a natural talent like Amir and I believe that I can bring the best out in him. I'm really impressed by what I've seen of him so far and I know that we still have a lot of work to do."
Powell will remain part of Khan's corner.

Dan Rafael is the boxing writer for ESPN.com.