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Khan Says Defeats Have Not Hurt His Popularity

By Nick Parkinson, courtesy of The Daily Star

AMIR KHAN says he still has star quality. Bolton’s former world light-welterweight champion is back in the mix after stopping unbeaten Carlos Molina on December 15th in Los Angeles. Khan, 26,  still has over 1.2million Twitter followers and claims he is even more popular since his controversial points defeat to Lamont Peterson a year ago and fourth-round stoppage loss to Danny Garcia in July.

There has also been controversy outside the ring for Khan and his fiancée Faryal Makhdoom to deal with, with regular updates about his private life in the media.

But he said: “I think the popularity is always going to be there because people want to know what I’m up to.

“I think in the last year my Twitter followers have gone up by several hundred thousand.

“It’s not got to me one bit because I’ve been so focused. In a way it’s made me work harder because it’s made me go back to the drawing board and change a lot of things in my life.

“One of the things I changed was trainers and where I lived and trained. I’ve had to make some big decisions in my life and that’s what I did.”

Khan axed the man regarded as the world’s best trainer, ­Freddie Roach, for another American cornerman, Virgil Hunter. And he also says he has tightened his defense.

Khan said: “One of the main reasons I came to Virgil was ­because I think he is one of the best defensive trainers in the world. Before, I didn’t think. I just followed my heart and kept throwing punches. Once you do that you can get caught with blows. I’m being more smart about things and taking the right shots at the right time. That prevents me from getting hit or caught with silly shots and getting into wars when I don’t need to get into wars. I think part of it is just being smart now, not making mistakes. Even if you make it boring, a win is a win.”

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Money_May on 12-31-2012

Amir will always be one of my fav fighters of all time. I watch sport for the excitement and unpredictability and Khan has both of those.

Comment by Marvellous1 on 12-31-2012

This has always been Khan's problem. Equating popularity with boxing achievements. That sense of entitlement has been with him from day one and still hasn't left him. His team were demanding SKY money after a few primetime terrestrial channel bouts…

Comment by ddangerous on 12-31-2012

[QUOTE=codey;12873439]gotta respect his heart. kid always gives it 100 percent. also [B]defeat has humbled him a bit[/B]. lets see what the future holds for Khan.[/QUOTE] I think it did a little at the beginning, but his ego is already starting…

Comment by javierigg on 12-31-2012

in this new year i wish "chin chin" 4everyone::banghead::banghead:

Comment by D-MiZe on 12-31-2012

No, your mouth does that. :lol1:

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