Advertisement
Advertisement

Amir Khan To Face Unbeaten Carlos Molina In December

By Jake Donovan

Former 140 lb. champion Amir Khan has tabbed unbeaten prospect Carlos Molina as his next opponent when he returns to the ring in December,

Full details of the fight are still being worked out, but will take place in the United States.

The fight will be Khan’s first with new trainer Virgil Hunter since splitting with Freddie Roach earlier this year. 

"I'm really pleased that Virgil Hunter is to become my new trainer," Khan said in a statement. "Everyone in boxing knows about his skills and the success he has enjoyed over the last few years. 

“I'm looking forward to the start of my training camp and working on some new things with him. With Virgil in my corner, I know that I can get back to the very top of the light-welterweight division."

Hunter was named Trainer of the Year for 2011 by the Boxing Writers Association of America, primarily for his work with super middleweight king Andre Ward. 

“Amir is an extremely talented fighter and I’m very happy to become his new trainer," Hunter said. "I’ve seen a lot of him and he has many attributes such as his speed and heart. There are certain small aspects of his game that I’m intending to work on in order to help him fulfill his enormous potential."

Khan was enjoying a heck of a 2011 campaign himself until suffering a disputed split decision loss to Lamont Peterson last December.

The severity of the loss greatly diminished in light of Peterson testing positive for synthetic testosterone during pre-fight random drug testing prior to their scheduled rematch last May. The bout was scrapped, denying Khan the chance for revenge.

There was nothing disputed about his last loss, though. Khan was faring well against Danny Garcia this past July, until getting caught with a left hook late in the third round. Two more knockdowns in the fourth sealed the deal, despite a mild in-ring protest from Khan at the time of the stoppage.

Khan (26-3, 18KO) has since come to grips with the loss and has always eyed December for his ring return. A significant part of the plan included severing ties with Roach after nearly four years together following his 1st round knockout loss to Breidis Prescott in Sept. ’08.

The goal for Khan is to remain the thick of things at 140 lb. Regaining a title or two is first on his list of priorities, though there have also been discussions (perhaps wishful thinking) or domestic showdowns with Kell Brook and comebacking Ricky Hatton sometime down the road.

First, Khan will have to get past Molina (17-0-1, 7KO), a California-based prospect who been brought along on the Telefutura circuit and non-televised undercards of major events from promoter Golden Boy Promotions over the past several years.

"Molina is a good fighter, who has yet to taste defeat, so I know that he will be very dangerous," Khan said of his future opponent. "He's a tricky fighter who possess(es) a lot of natural speed. I always want to face hungry young fighters and in Molina I'm up against a guy who has ambitions of world title success."

The bout will take place at a yet to be determined location in the United States. The targeted dates are December 1 and December 15.

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com. Follow Jake on Twitter: @JakeNDaBox
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Mister Wolf on 09-30-2012

With the selection of this opponent Khan is officially bush league now

Comment by DonCarlos83 on 09-30-2012

[QUOTE=AnimalisticMeth;12564073]Will this fight be on the Cotto-Trout undercard?[/QUOTE] Looks that way!! As for the fight, I really don't like Amir Khan but this is a sensible business decision. That's what boxing is these days: BUSINESS, it's not about legacies, it's…

Comment by AnimalisticMeth on 09-29-2012

Will this fight be on the Cotto-Trout undercard?

Comment by Corelone on 09-29-2012

[QUOTE=Lazakill;12562568]Pillow punchers? Prescott, Maidana, Judah, Peterson and Garcia were pillow punchers?[/QUOTE] No, but two of them knocked him out, two chased him from pillar to post, and I don't know what was wrong with Judah. But this only strengthens the…

Comment by MASTER1454 on 09-29-2012

[QUOTE=UglyPug;12562455]Time for Kahn to claim this chump's 0. LOL, then let the Garcia ducking begin.[/QUOTE] Please - with that post someone should claim your computer..... [QUOTE=jhon123;12562542]interesting how people are critisicing khan for fighting a nobody but have no problem with…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (48)
Top Headlines Leo Santa Cruz: The Pressure Is On Me In Carl Frampton Fight Ryan Burnett, Yafai, Gavin, Eggington, Feigenbutz Win in Leeds SHO’s Espinoza: Santa Cruz-Frampton Part of Unofficial Tourney Paulie Malignaggi: I’d Love To End My Career in Brooklyn Michel Soro Returns To Action in Le Cannet, France McGuigan: Santa Cruz Facing Frampton Because of Gonzalez Fight Frampton’s Promoter Eyes Russell, Selby Next - No Quigg, or Rigo Photos: Adonis Stevenson Blasts Williams Hard - MEGA Gallery Santa Cruz Expects Carl Frampton To Out-Weigh Him In Ring Mikey Garcia: If No Layoff, I Definitely Would Be a Big Star Berto Wouldn’t Be A Gimme For Danny Garcia, Says Showtime VP Adonis Stevenson-Thomas Williams: Post-Fight Report Card Frampton Must Defy Conventional Wisdom To Upset Santa Cruz Bracero on Malignaggi Bout: I'm Fighting For My Dreams, Future Jose Roman, Ruben Villa Batter Opponents at The Doubletree McGuigan: Frampton Has Been After Santa Cruz Since 2013 Canelo Smiles: I Ran From Golovkin? He's Fought NOBODY! Santa Cruz vs. Russell Much Better Fight; Both Want Selby Next Frank Warren: Frampton Left 122 With Rigondeaux Clash Marquez Has No Regrets Over Cotto Position, Retirement Near Adonis Stevenson With Vicious Knockout of Williams in Four Adonis Stevenson vs. Thomas Williams: LIVE BScene Scorecard Ruslan Provodnikov Meets With Promoter, Return is Anticipated Eleider Alvarez Beats Robbie Berridge, On Course For Stevenson Frampton’s Promoter: Santa Cruz is Carl’s Toughest Fight Yet Keith Thurman vs. Danny Garcia Potentially in Early 2017 Adonis Stevenson vs. Thomas Williams - CompuBox Review Photos/Weights: Luis Nery vs. David Sanchez in Tijuana Photos/Weights: Antonio Orozco vs. Lopez, Joseph Diaz vs. Proa Carl Frampton After the Scales: This Was Easy and I Feel Great SHO VP: Wilder vs. Joshua in Late 2017, Could Be Pay-Per-View Photos: Mikey Garcia vs. Rojas Malignaggi-Bracero Battle Ready Photos: Frampton, Santa Cruz Ready For War at Barclays Center Video: Frampton Fans in Force at Weighin For Leo Santa Cruz Antonio Gutierrez vs. Jorge Melendez, LA Fight Club on 9/2 Juan Carlos Camacho Jr. Goes Pro With Miguel Cotto Thomas Williams: TKO Loss To Gabriel Campillo Doesn’t Define Me Chisora Unlikely To Land Whyte, Trying To Get Helenius Rematch Weights From Brooklyn: Santa Cruz 125.4, Frampton 125 Frampton To Santa Cruz: I'll Be The Bigger Man on Fight Night
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement