Boxing: 'You will see a difference' - Amir Khan prepares for must win fight
Khan takes on Carlos Molina in a non-title fight on December 15
Thursday 06 December 2012
It is a common occurrence for a fighter to say he is not even considering defeat and that their only option is to win, but coming from Amir Khan that is something that simply could not be truer.
Life could scarcely be more different for the former world champion from where it was exactly a year ago. Last December, Khan was entering a title defence against America's Lamont Peterson as the IBF and WBA light welterweight champion and as the firm favourite. Now he hasn't a belt to his name and two more defeats on his record - both unexpected defeats at that - and instead of talk of unifying the 10 stone division and facing Floyd Mayweather Jr, he is meeting the unheralded Carlos Molina in a non-title fight on December 15 where only one outcome is an option: victory.
Since the second of those defeats, a fourth-round knockout loss to Danny Garcia in July, Khan has switched trainers from the illustrious Freddie Roach to Virgil Hunter, the trainer of Andre Ward during his so far perfect professional career, and had to dismiss talk of what would have been a premature retirement, but he is now adamant that even though the pressure is on he will finally be relaxed when fight night comes in the ring.
"It has been a good camp, I have been working on new things and I feel a difference already. [Molina] has never tasted defeat before," said Khan.
"In his home state [California] there will be a lot of his fans there. It will be a good fight. That's the type of fighter I am. I will fight anyone anywhere.
"I have been working on new techniques, working on defence and offence as well.
"You will see me a lot more relaxed, a lot more of a thinking Amir Khan, I am looking forward to it and I can't wait to get into that ring.
"I always train for a fighter at his best. I am taking him seriously.
"I am relaxing. I have to be sensible, I have been working on that a lot, thinking more. By thinking more I will be giving a masterclass to my opponent, I will be picking the right shots. I have made mistakes but I will do that no more. You will see a difference.
"Virgil has been doing everything. The fitness is in the boxing. I have been doing the hills and the long runs and the circuits in the gym.
"We can't afford to lose, it is a big fight for me and the team. I want to come back with a win. I have never thought about losing this fight."
Before his loss to Garcia, Khan had dropped a split decision defeat to Peterson. That the American then tested positive for a synthetic testosterone was only one controversy in several that later emerged surrounding that fight that significantly lessened the severity of the defeat, but Khan is regardless not keen to take any further unnecessary risks. "We have asked for neutral judge and referees and that is hopefully what we will get," he said.
"[Molina] is a good fighter, he has fought some of the top guys in the division but maybe he is not getting the credit he deserves. But when you fight an undefeated fighter it is dangerous, because he might be thinking my confidence is damaged, but he is wrong."
Latest in Sport
Pornhub: Cheeky Liverpool fan uploads Philippe Coutinho wonder-goal video to adult website
Liverpool injury news: Brendan Rodgers could be without up to seven players for Burnley game... as Jordon Ibe posts picture of knee brace
Arsenal shareholders Stan Kroenke, Alisher Usmanov and Farhad Moshiri appear on Forbes' rich list - with a combined net worth of £14.9bn
Watch the moment a basketball player reassures a small boy after a mass brawl erupted on court
Jon Stewart brings The Daily Show to WWE Raw as Seth Rollins pays the price for feud with TV presenter
- 1 Home Office says Nigerian asylum-seeker can’t be a lesbian as she’s got children
- 2 What happens to your body when you give up sugar?
- 3 Drugs Live cannabis trial: Hash is less harmful than any other drug, expert claims
- 4 Turkish Airlines flight TK 726 crash-lands on Nepal runway amid dense fog
- 5 Apple and Google users being spied on for a decade because of 'Freak' security flaw
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Ukraine crisis: Top Chinese diplomat backs Putin and says West should 'abandon zero-sum mentality'
Boris Nemtsov shot dead: Outspoken Putin critic who had expressed fears for his life is killed near the Kremlin
£25000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This firm are focussed on assis...
£7 per hour: Recruitment Genius: A vacancy has arisen for a General Processor ...
£18000 - £22000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A great opportunity has arisen ...
£14000 - £16000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Full time and Part time positio...