When Amir Khan steps into the ring against Carlos Molina Saturday night at the L.A Sports Arena on Showtime, he will do so without Freddie Roach in his corner for the first time since 2008. Khan, (26-3, 18 KOs), will be coached by the red hot Virgil Hunter, the man responsible for transforming Andre Ward from a chinny, overly aggressive young fighter to a unified champion and one of the best pugilists in the world.
"We've been working on a lot of new defenses, which i think will help me in this fight", Said Khan. "I should use my skills instead of jumping in there and getting into wars."
The 27 year old Molina, (17-0-1 7 KOs) doesn't have the resume' of Khan, but is confident none the less.
"We got the call for this fight in September and I've been running and training hard ever since. My trainers have really pushed me. I'm in tip-top shape and feel stronger at 147 pounds than I ever have. I believe we have a great game plan."
A good fighter with an incredible amateur record of 105-20, Molina earned this shot at the vacant WBC Silver Light Welterweight title with an impressive 10 round unanimous decision over over Marcos Jimenez on June 16 of 2012. Khan, on the other hand, is coming off of two straight defeats. His last, a brutal fourth round TKO loss to Danny Garcia in July of this year. Some might consider Molina a "soft touch" for Amir, but Khan is taking him as seriously as any opponent.
"I never treat a guy as a tune up or go in underestimating my opponent because all opponents are dangerous. I am certainly not taking Molina lightly, I've seen a little of him. I expect a good fight and for him to come at me."
Amir Khan is striving for redemption, and to be placed back on the lofty perch he was at not all that long ago. With a renewed focus, a new Trainer dedicated to Khan's admitted defensive shortcomings, and an opponent without much perceived power or big fight experience, Saturday night is "King Khan's" chance to take a step back in the right direction.
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