When Amir Khan stepped into the ring at the L.A Sports Arena on Saturday night to take on Carlos Molina on Showtime, a few of his professional Demons walked right in there with him. But when he stepped out of that same ring ten rounds later, those Demons were nowhere to be seen. Although he was booed by the fans of the local favorite, it did not seem to bother him one bit.
Khan was simply fantastic. His jab was firing on all cylinders, and his confidence was through the roof. Many people were wondering how well he could perform after two straight defeats, with the most recent being a devastating knockout loss to Danny Garcia. With his new trainer Virgil Hunter obviously having improved some of his defensive shortcomings, Khan was nothing short of spectacular.
“King Khan” dominated every single minute of every single round. He appeared much bigger than Molina (17-1-1 7 KOs), and came right out in the first round with a quick jab and rapid-fire combinations. Molina went back to his corner bleeding from a cut over his right eye, and the night only got worse for him.
“I don’t know what happened.” Molina said. “I wanted to pull the trigger, but I couldn’t get my hands to go.”
If he showed the public anything, it’s that he is one tough fighter. As easy as it was for Khan all night, Molina was constantly coming forward and applying pressure, but it just didn’t matter.
Khan, (27-3 19 KOs) really started to open up and let his hands go in the fourth round. He threw three or four jabs at a time, and a beautiful double uppercut stopped Molina in his tracks. In round seven, Khan was so comfortable that he waved Molina in and when he did get inside, Khan dominated in there too.
Round eight and nine were more of the same, and after a brutal round ten, Molina’s corner had seen enough and did not allow their fighter to go out for round 11 to receive more punishment. It was a truly great performance against a guy that he was supposed to look great against.
“I stuck to my game plan which means I stuck to the Jab.” Said Khan. “Virgil is a great trainer and I feel I am getting better as a fighter.”
After the fight, Khan called out the last man to defeat him:
“If I would have fought Danny Garcia tonight, I would have knocked him out. That’s the truth.”
Perhaps Khan will get his chance to avenge the KO loss in his next fight, providing Garcia defeats the always dangerous Zab Judah in his upcoming bout.
“If the money is right, then we’ll definitely fight wherever and whenever.” Garcia said.
Summer of 2013 is a real possibility for the rematch as long as Garcia gets by Judah in February.
Boxing 101 scored the fight 100-89 through the ten completed rounds.
On the Undercard, Alfredo "El Perro" Angulo got some harder than expected rounds in VS Jorge Silva. The fight was a rough and tumble affair, with Angulo scoring a ten round decision by scores of 97-93 three times.
Also on the televised portion of the card, Deontay Wilder scored a massive third round KO over Kelvin Price with a huge right hand. Wilder, the U.S Bronze Medalist, has racked up 26 straight wins with every one coming by KO.
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