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Virgil Hunter: 'Amir Khan must improve to be world champion again'

Amir Khan's trainer Virgil Hunter believes that the Briton will need to improve if he is to be a world champion again.

Trainer Virgil Hunter has said that Amir Khan will have to improve in the ring if he is to be a world champion again.

The 26-year-old light welterweight beat Mexican Julio Diaz last night and is now hopeful of a rematch with WBC and WBA champion Danny Garcia.

Hunter told Sky Sports News: "I'm convinced now that in his own mind Amir knows he's got to work more and come to the gym more, and that he can't just go off between fights.

"I see Amir for three months when he comes over here, so the opposition can creep ahead of you because all the top fighters are with their trainers all the time.

"It is something we are going to work on to see if we can bring him up to the level we need him to be at."

Khan has won four world-title bouts in his 31-fight career.

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Friday's key events


ATHLETICS
· The athletics schedule begins, with 100m sprinter Dina Asher-Smith among the names in action on the opening day. The men's 10,000m final concludes the action, with Team GB's Sam Atkin and Marc Scott taking part in the absence of 2012 and 2016 champion Sir Mo Farah (1am-2.30pm)

ROWING
· Victoria Thornley is Team GB's representative in the women's single sculls final (1.33am)
· Great Britain will be going for gold in the men's eight final (2.25am)

SWIMMING
· Team GB duo Molly Renshaw and Abbie Wood take part in the women's 200m breaststroke final, but new Olympic record-holder Tatjana Schoenmaker of South Africa is the hot favourite (2.41am)
· Luke Greenbank has very realistic ambitions of picking up a medal in the men's 200m backstroke final (2.50am)
· There is also British representation in the women's 100m freestyle final, although any medal for Anna Hopkin would be a surprise (2.59am)
· With one gold and one silver already under his belt at these Games, Duncan Scott goes again in the men's 200m individual medley final (3.16am)

TRAMPOLINE
· Bryony Page will be looking to repeat her 2016 heroics in the women's event (5am-7.30pm)

CANOE SLALOM
· Bradley Forbes-Cryans will be looking to emulate Rio gold medallist Joe Clarke in the men's kayak event (6am-9am)

FOOTBALL
· The women's tournament enters the quarter-finals, with Great Britain facing Australia at the Ibaraki Kashima Stadium (10am)

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