By Jake Donovan
Less than a year ago, Amir Khan was regarded by many as the best super lightweight on the planet. Today, the 25-year old finds his career on the verge of red alert status.
Back-to-back losses coupled with a lengthy delay in between makes it long ago since Khan’s arm was raised in victory. His 5th round knockout win over Zab Judah last July looks better in retrospect, but hardly erases what has followed.
A disputed points loss to Lamont Peterson late last year was followed up by a disastrous knockout at the hands of unbeaten Danny Garcia this past July. The showdown with Garcia was a welcomed alternative to his planned rematch with Peterson, which was canceled after the American tested positive for synthetic testosterone.
Two losses later, Khan is ready to resume his winning ways, which he hopes will come in his December 15 showdown with unbeaten Carlos Molina at the Sports Arena in Los Angeles, California.
Significant changes were made in Khan’s camp, including replacing head trainer Freddie Roach in favor of Virgil Hunter. Roach is a five-time Trainer of the Year recipient and recent inductee into the Boxing Hall of Fame. However, Khan felt it was time to part ways, opting to go with red-hot Hunter, the most recent Trainer of the Year honoree in large part due to his success with unbeaten Andre Ward.
"It hasn’t been a good year but I’ll come back,” Khan (26-3, 18KO) acknowledged during Tuesday’s press conference in London. “Mentally I’m prepared & know the change in trainers and camp will be a massive help. I still have a lot to learn but I know my new trainer Virgil Hunter will help me with that."
While the change in trainers resembles a fresh start, Khan can take comfort in knowing that his team still stands firmly behind him.
“We’re entering the next chapter with Amir Khan and moving forward,” stated Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, Khan’s promoter. “December 15 is going to be a very special night for fight fans. Carlos Molina is ready to step up and win this fight. It’s up to Amir Khan to prove him wrong.”
Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com. Follow Jake on Twitter: @JakeNDaBox