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Amir Khan battles undefeated Carlos Molina on SHOWTIME
NEW YORK, NY (BASN)–In 2011, Amir Khan was just one or two victories away from positioning himself toward a major fight with either Manny Pacquiao or Floyd Mayweather. However, a controversial decision loss to Lamont Peterson (L 12) and a shocking knockout defeat to Danny Garcia (TKO 4), cost Khan dearly and has the 25 year-old British star desperately searching for a victory.
Khan (26-3, 18 KOs), the former unified WBC/WBA junior welterweight champion, hopes to win his first fight in more than one year when he battles unbeaten Carlos Molina (17-0-1, 7 KOs) on Saturday, December 15, at the Los Angeles Sports Arena. SHOWTIME will televise the fight live beginning at 10:30 PM/ET.
Khan, having been trained by Freddie Roach the last several years, hired the services of Virgil Hunter. He is the godfather/trainer of unified WBC/WBA super middleweight champion and Super Six World Boxing Classic tournament winner, Andre Ward.
“We’re going on our fourth week together and I couldn’t ask for anything better, or for a better situation to be in,” Hunter said. “Amir is easy to work with and easy to train. He has an open mind and is easy to communicate with. Everything has just been great so far.”
The communication between a boxer and a trainer is ideal. A boxer rests the direction and focus of his preparation and execution on his trainer. Anything from a rift or a sour relationship between boxer-trainer can and most-likely affects the fighter’s performance. In recent years, we’ve witnessed communication breakdowns between Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and his father Floyd, Sr., Miguel Cotto and his uncle Evangelista, Khan and Roach.
“I made some mistakes in my last fight, so I changed trainers and training camps,” Khan said at a recent press conference. “I am now in the Bay Area and I love it. There are no distractions. Sparring has been brilliant. I came to the States early so I could work on my technique. Virgil’s got me thinking more, but in a way that won’t get in the way when I fight. I know I have to keep thinking once the fight starts.”
Khan is going to learn to do more than work on technique. Khan is going to have to learn how to be disciplined, relaxed, and box intelligently. Khan surrendered his distance and reach advantages in his fight with Peterson, who stood toe-to-toe with Khan and bullied him backwards. Khan was much too aggressive against Garcia, who was easily being outclassed. Khan got caught with solid shot behind the ear and never fully recovered.
Khan will be starting over from scratch against a former undefeated Amateur National Champion in Molina, who might be catching Khan on the downslide of his career.
“I’m prepared for an all-out war,” Molina said. “I want to thank Amir Khan for this great opportunity, but I have to say I think he’s made a big mistake. I’ve got a great team behind me including my trainer Clemente Medina and I’m fighting in my hometown. I can’t ask for anything more than that.”
Molina added: “Come December 15th, the only outcome I see is me remaining undefeated. We’re going to be ready for anything he brings to the table.”
Khan has very good tools: fast, great jab, good footwork, and moves well inside of a boxing ring. But Khan is coming up short and his ability to take a solid shot is questioned once again. Khan promises another exciting fight which is fine, but more importantly he has to win his fights.
“I think Molina has a similar style to mine,” Khan added. “He’s a pressure fighter and exciting to watch. We both want to win. I know he doesn’t want to lose his unbeaten record, and I want to show I’m back.”