Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Amir Khan: I Know This is Make or Break For Me!

By Jake Donovan

This Saturday promises to unveil a complete makeover in the career of Amir Khan, if the fighter’s word is to be taken at face value. The former 140 lb. champ enters this weekend’s showdown against Carlos Molina on the heels of back-to-back losses, including a brutal 4th round knockout defeat at the hands of Danny Garcia this past July.

Khan (26-3, 18KO) has spent the past several months absorbing knowledge from newly hired trainer Virgin Hunter, whom he hired shortly after breaking away from Hall-of-Fame cornerman Freddie Roach. Several changes have been made in the Brit’s career, but one constant remains – his years-long tradition of fighting in his birth month.

“December is always a nice time to have a fight,” says Khan, having celebrated his 26th birthday last Saturday. The occasion was spent putting the finishing touches on preparation for his Showtime-televised headliner with Molina, which airs live from the Sports Arena in Los Angeles. “It’s coming towards the end of the year and nice to finish the year off strong. I’ve had a nice break coming into this December fight.”

Khan has fought in December in every year of his career since turning pro in 2005. The Brit is 6-1 overall in that run, with the lone loss coming last year when he dropped a controversial split decision to Lamont Peterson in his opponent’s hometown of Washington D.C.

The month has provided several big moments for Khan, including his Dec. ’10 war with Marcos Maidana, which was universally recognized as high among the year’s best fights. A pivotal fight in his career came in Dec. ’08, knocking out Oisin Fagan in two rounds to bounce back from his 1st round knockout loss to Breidis Prescott, the first defeat of his career.

Other notable wins in December include 1st round knockouts over Dmitry Salita (2009) and Graham Earl (2007). The latter of the two came on Khan’s 21st birthday and also served as his breakout performance, given Earl’s strong showing in a Fight of the Year contender against then-unbeaten Michael Katsidis earlier in the year.

Those days seem so long ago for the still-promising star, who promises a fresh start on Saturday night to put behind him an otherwise disastrous year.

“Training camp has gone great. I feel like I’m in great condition. I know the mistakes I’ve made in previous fights and we’re not going to make them again,” Khan insists. “I’m excited to show you what the new Amir Khan is going to be like.

“I’ve kept things quiet and just want to show you what we’ve been working on, training in San Francisco in the Bay Area, alongside such great fighters like Andre Ward. Even though I’ve trained hard for previous fights, I know this fight is make-or-break for me. Connection-wise, everything is going to come together for me in this fight.”

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com. Follow Jake on Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

Tags: Amir Khan image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Mato o Muero on 12-13-2012

From saying you're going to beat Mayweather to having a make or break fight against a soft punching lightweight who's 4 inches shorter than you. Talk about falling the fuk off.

Comment by tenPt on 12-13-2012

After Khan beats him everybody will be on here saying he is back and better. Some will even say his chin is better. That will last til he fights someone meaningful. That's why I'm tuning in to HBO.

Comment by rocktx on 12-13-2012

This fight ain't quite "make"... But if Khan loses it will definitely be "break"

Comment by 7_rocket on 12-12-2012

[quote=Lazakill;12804993]u are an actual idiot. is this forum really that much of a trash heap?[/quote] You got it.

Comment by Amirwillrise on 12-12-2012

[QUOTE=Hitman932;12805814]Only a dumbass Khan fan would applaud him so hard for fighting his mandatory, which is what Peterson was, and Khan tried to duck him first. If you recall Khan originally made Peterson a pathetic offer to come to the…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (38)
Top Headlines Canelo: The Mayweather-McGregor Fight Will Hurt Boxing A lot Alimento Makes 30-day Mandatory Weight for WBC Regional Mayweather-McGregor: A Look Back at The Verbal Sparring Jennings: Joshua Should Jump Right on Klitschko in Rematch Canelo Admits He is "Obsessed" With Giving GGG His First Loss Oscar Valdez: I'm Not Afraid To Risk Record, I Want Gary Russell Jr. DiBella on Mayweather-McGregor: De La Hoya - Shut The F*** Up! Wilder's Manager Likes Idea of Return on Mayweather-McGregor Roach: Pacquiao Lost A lot of His Crowd Due To Lack of Knockouts Dmitry Bivol To Take Some Time Off, Return Planned For The Fall Canelo Paying No Mind to Being Underdog Against Golovkin Photos: Sammy Valentin Putting in Work For Giovani Santillan Boxer Killed By Masked Gunmen After Leaving Gym in Mexico City Ellerbe: Fight is 50-50, But Broner Needs A-Game To Beat Garcia Deontay Wilder Erupts, Tears Apart Hearn and Whyte Over Offer Hughie Fury To Stay Busy With July 8 Return at Copper Box Abel Sanchez Says Kovalev is Stubborn, Was Difficult To Train Golovkin: If I Finished Jacobs, Probably Don't Have Canelo Fight Now That Mayweather is Active Again, Canelo Wants a Rematch Flanagan vs. Verdejo With Tentative Date of September 16 Kautondokwa Is Eager to Face Billy Joe Saunders in September Inquest Finds That Davey Browne's Death Was Preventable Eubank Sr: I Know How To Beat Mayweather, I May Tell McGregor! Canelo Aims To Do a Real Number on GGG: No Rematch Needed Boxing: Not Dying. Again. Mikkel Kessler To Pass on WBSS Wild Card, Eyes Fall Ring Return De La Hoya Not Happy With "Disrespectful" Dana White Over Date Taking a Look at Some of Boxing's Greatest Upsets Milan Melindo To Make First Defense of IBF Belt on September 16 De La Hoya Promises Earlier Start Time for Canelo-Golovkin Abel Sanchez Not on Press Tour, Awaits Golovkin vs. Canelo GGG Not Worried About Mexicans Turning on Him in Canelo Bout Jose Zepeda Picks Up WBO Regional Belt With TKO of Zamudio Mikkel Kessler To Be Part of The World Boxing Super Series Golovkin: Ward-Kovalev Rematch Was Stopped 'A Little Bit Early' Cotto Not Worried About Mayweather-McGregor on Same Date Canelo, GGG on Mayweather-McGregor: Ours is a 'Real Fight!' Jeyvier Cintron, Serrano, Oquendo Part of New PRBBP Series McGregor's Boxing Coach Confident Mayweather Gets KO'd Nelson: Ward Gets Drilled By Joshua, He Should Face Bellew
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement