One of the reason’s Amir Khan believes he is coming into this weekend’s fight against the unbeaten Carlos Molina with two successive defeats to his name is because he was drawn into a street fight and had not stuck to the pre fight game plan.
However when he steps into the ring at the Sports Arena in Los Angeles, California on Saturday Khan is determined to win at any cost, even if he has to abandon his trademark all action style.
“Training has gone great,” said Khan. “I feel I’m in great condition and I know what mistakes I made in the previous fights and we’re not going to make them again. You will see a new Amir Khan come into this fight and I just want to say that the training that I’ve been doing with Virgil Hunter has been going great because to work on new techniques and new skills and everything and be a totally different fighter. I’m excited to show you all what the new Amir Khan is going to be like, but yes, training has been tough and hard.
Khan added: “We know we’re up against a tough Carlos Molina, and we know what it’s like to fight and be inside, because they’re very confident and we’re not taking this fight lightly. We’ve taken it very seriously; especially we know that Carlos is going to come into the fight very confident after my last fight. So we’re going to be ready for everything he brings to the table and I’m excited more than anything.
The 26 year-old former WBA and IBF light welterweight champ is also looking forward to working with new trainer Virgil Hunter and feels he will not only get the tactics right but also make sure he sticks to the game plan Hunter has set out for him.
“I think he’ll (Hunter) help me because he’s a great corner man,” said Khan. “He will tell you straight if you’re doing something wrong. And also he sees a fight the way it should go and if you’re making mistakes, he’ll pull you up on them, and tell you how to change your style and stuff and also when we’re working in the gym together, we’ve changed a lot of stuff, which is the defense, working a lot on the defensive side, something I’ve always wanted to work on with a trainer.
“I have offensively, that’s always going to be there because that’s just the nature of the fighter I am. I’m that type of fighter who likes to fight and get into a tear up, but at the same time defensive as well, Virgil has added to my fighting style I think is going to help me big time. It will take me to a different level seeing things better and also defending a lot of shots where I was normally just move and whereas now I can block them. I know exactly what to do, and like I said, come the fight, you will see the Amir Khan and you’ll see a very settled and very mature fighter.
December 13, 2012