Khan: I'm a Better Fighter, I'll Knock Danny Garcia Out!
Amir Khan is confident he will take a "last chance" to revive his career against Carlos Molina this weekend - and then wants a rematch with Danny Garcia.
The deposed light-welterweight champion goes into the Los Angeles contest on the back of successive defeats which led to a split with trainer Freddie Roach.
And Khan reckons his new partnership with Virgil Hunter has left him in better shape than at any stage of his career ahead of the Sky Live fight.
Speaking to Sky Sports at his training camp, the 26-year-old said: "My opponent's going to come in very confident - I'm coming in off a defeat and he's coming off a win. I'm sure he's going to be up for this fight and he thinks 'Amir Khan's at a low and I'm going to catch him at the right time'.
"But that's not going to happen. I'm at the best time I can ever be. I'm ready for this fight and I'm hungry to get the win. I know now I can make no more mistakes. This is the last chance and I have to put everything together.
"It seems like the jigsaw's complete. I've got a great trainer with me, I'm in a great training camp, I'm nice and calm, I've got a great family behind me and I just can't wait to get in there and get back on that winning streak."
Garcia stopped Khan in four rounds in the summer to win their light-welterweight unification clash and condemn the Englishman to his second loss in a row following his controversial defeat by Lamont Peterson.
While Khan was lackadaisical against Peterson - who was subsequently found to be using a banned substance - he was simply blitzed by Garcia, leading comfortably before being caught by a sweet shot and taken apart.
The Garcia fight seriously derailed Khan's aspirations towards mega fights and superstardom and he knows victory against Molina is just the start of that rebuilding process.
"I need to win this fight to get back on the scene again," he said. "It can put me back on a winning streak and maybe a rematch against Garcia. Hopefully we can get that rematch and take it from there.
"I'd love the rematch against Garcia because I know deep down I'm a better fighter than him. I made a mistake in that fight and I paid for that mistake.
"But I know I can beat him. I know I'm a better fighter, especially with the help of my new trainer Virgil Hunter and being based in San Francisco.
"I'm a better fighter and I'll knock Danny Garcia out."
While Bolton native Khan previously trained alongside Manny Pacquiao and a host of other stars at Roach's Wildcard Gym in Los Angeles, things are more sedate within Hunter's set-up.
However, he is still in good company, with the likes of Alfredo Angulo and current super-middleweight king Andre Ward in the same gym.
"Having the likes of Andre Ward to train alongside is great too," Khan added. "He's one of the best pound for pound fighters in the world and it inspires me to do well because I want to be in the same position as him one day.
"He holds world titles and can call himself a world champion and I want that again too. He's certainly an inspiration in a camp like this.
"I've been watching Andre training and I even come into the gym on days off sometimes to see him spar. I just want to pick up a few things from him.
"He's a very slick fighter. We have a very similar style because we have quick hands, quick feet and we've been working on the same strategies.
"Virgil will sit next to me and explain what Andre is doing, why he's doing this, why he's doing that. We've not sparred each other because he's obviously a lot heavier than me but he has given me advice about staying relaxed, seeing things better."
Hunter, meanwhile, believes he can guide Khan back to the top of the light-welterweight division.
He said: "Why not set the bar high? That's what we're together for. The goal is to reclaim 140, to rule it until he grows into a welterweight and take that division over also. That's the goal - nothing below that."
Khan is the better BOXER, not fighter. He was beating Garcia by boxing that night, wanted to hook with a hooker and got his ass handed to him....Comment by DonCarlos83 on 12-12-2012
[QUOTE=Rome-By-Ko;12802974] Go to 2:11...Bayless ask Khan is he good..Khan shakes his head yes but check out the eyes...He blanks for a sec which makes Bayless call it...Good stoppage..[/QUOTE] ah man the ref gave him a…Comment by DonCarlos83 on 12-12-2012
Amir Khan is so full of $h!t. And you morons saying he was dominating Garcia before the "lucky punch" GTFOH. Go back and watch the fight, Khan was doing what he always does jumping in and out throwing pitter patter…Comment by komodo on 12-12-2012
He's trained 8 weeks for this fight, he's hardly looking past anyone.Comment by Muscles72 on 12-12-2012
Khan needs to stick to his own style and box if the knockout comes it comes I am not an amir khan fan by far for obvious reasons he talks too much ***** if he decides to trade with molina…Post a Comment - View More User Comments (79)