AMIR Khan says his return to top form is thanks to trainer Virgil Hunter and predicts 2015 will see him even better.
2014 was a landmark year for the Bolton superstar who stepped up to the welterweight division and recorded impressive points victories over Luis Collazo in May and Devon Alexander in December – both in Las Vegas.
Khan now has his sights set on facing the biggest names in the division this year with Floyd Mayweather Junior and Manny Pacquiao potential opponents.
But as he reflects on a successful 2014 that also saw the birth of daughter Lamysah in May, the 2004 Olympic silver medallist credits his tough taskmaster Hunter for much of his improvement.
Khan believes he is maturing as a fighter all the time and in his prime at 28-years-old, confident the mistakes he used to make are firmly in the past.
He told The Bolton News: “I think Virgil is doing everything right and helping me become a complete fighter.
“I see myself as a new fighter not making the same mistakes I used to.
“In the Alexander fight, I had Virgil shouting at me from the corner throughout.
“I thought ‘Am I losing this fight?’ because I was getting a rollicking.
“I asked him if I was winning and he said yes but to stick to the things he wanted me to do and I did that.
“To be honest, I think I need a trainer like that.
“No disrespect to him, but with Freddie Roach, who is one of the best trainers ever, I never used to hear him in the corner – he was too calm.
“Having someone yelling at you gives you a boost I think and has certainly helped me.”
Khan is currently spending time at home with his young family but already relishing what could be a huge year in his career if those big-name fights can be secured.
He believes he has earned the right to mix it with the best but does not presently view an all-British showdown with IBF champion Kell Brook as a priority.
There has been talk of a meeting at Wembley Stadium in June with rumours Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn has already provisionally booked the national stadium for a Roses clash between the Boltonian and Sheffield’s Brook.
But Khan has reiterated his desire to take on Mayweather or Pacquiao first and feels Brook is down the pecking order despite his impressive victory against Shawn Porter to become IBF world champion last August.
Khan added: “I could make money out of fighting Kell Brook but it’s not about the money for me.
“I have proven myself at top level and want the big fights.
“I would love to fight at Wembley stadium.
“I believe Manny Pacquiao would come to England and fight me here – that would be good.
“But Kell Brook is not in my sights at the moment.
“Eddie Hearn booking Wembley is a bit silly - he is going to lose his money. I don’t know if he has actually done that.
“With Kell Brook it is personal now.
“I was respectful with him but he is taking it to a different level.
“When he beat Shawn Porter I was respectful and said he did well.
“Now he is calling me out.
“I know the fight will happen one day but I want the big names first.”