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Goldenboy giving away Khan tickets in exchange for toys
AMIR KHAN’S bid to take back the world title has turned into a ‘toy story’ here in Los Angeles.
Fans who want to see Khan’s attempt at ending Carlos Molina’s unbeaten record before he gets another crack at the world crown can get ‘free’ tickets — in exchange for a TOY.
Ex-world light-welterweight champion Khan takes on Molina at the LA Memorial Sports Arena late on Saturday night.
And his American promoters are determined to put up the ‘house full’ notices at a stadium that holds almost 17,000.
Hard-up fans must present an unwrapped, unopened toy with a value of around £15.
And they will be given two tickets while the toy is passed on to under-privileged families ahead of Christmas.
Tickets sales, with the top price of around £100, have been described as ‘slow’.
And in an attempt to pull in as many fight fans as possible Golden Boy Promotions chief Oscar De La Hoya has come up with his giveaway.
De La Hoya, 39, said: “I am looking forward to distributing the toys to those families who need them most.”
Khan tops the bill and the thing he needs most is a win that will get him back among the world elite following two back-to-back defeats.
A third straight loss after failing to get the better of Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia would be disastrous for the Bolton boxer.
After turning 26 last Saturday, Khan’s credibility could take a career-ending hit if he fails to beat Molina.
He has turned to Virgil Hunter as his new trainer after ditching Freddie Roach, who Khan believed was not giving him enough time and attention in fight build-ups.
Hunter has a one-bout deal with Khan and is recognised as one of boxing’s best defensive coaches. He helped Andre Ward to the top of the super-middleweight tree without a loss against his name.
Khan moved his base from LA to San Francisco and insists he is seeing the benefit from the switch.
He explained: “I have been working with Andre Ward. He is a great fighter who is very skilful. He’s sly in the ring.
“If I can learn a few things from him and pick up what he has to offer, then I am going to do that. He has the skill of a boxer who can make it easier for himself and still be classy fighter.
“It has been great to be in camp with him.”