Khan reveals next opponent
Amir Khan: Will be back in action in December against Carlos Molina Amir Khan will return to the ring in December to fight Carlos Molina under the guidance of new trainer Virgil Hunter.
The deposed light-welterweight champion will take on unbeaten Molina in his first outing since being stopped in the fourth round by Danny Garcia.
Khan confirmed Hunter’s appointment on the Soccer AM sofa, while the identity of his next opponent is a surprise given Molina has fought almost exclusively at lightweight.
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Hunter’s main mission will be to help the Bolton fighter regain the IBF and WBA light welterweight titles he has lost over the last 12 months, in defeats to Lamont Petersen and Garcia.
The Petersen defeat was later put into perspective by the American’s failure of a drugs test, but regardless of that, there have been concerns about Khan’s form for some time.
“I’m really pleased that Virgil Hunter is to become my new trainer,” Khan said when announcing the news.
“Everyone in boxing knows about his skills and the success he has enjoyed over the last few years.
I’m looking forward to the start of my training camp and working on some new things with him.
“With Virgil in my corner, I know that I can get back to the very top of the light-welterweight division.” As part of his plan to do that he will have to beat the undefeated Molina, who has 17 wins and a draw from his 18 bouts so far.
“Molina is a good fighter, who has yet to taste defeat, so I know that he will be very dangerous,” Khan added.
“He’s a tricky fighter who possess a lot of natural speed.
I always want to face hungry young fighters and in Molina I’m up against a guy who has ambitions of world title success.” Hunter was last year voted as the trainer of the year by America’s boxing writers, and he believes his new partnership can be a fruitful one.
“Amir is an extremely talented fighter and I’m very happy to become his new trainer,” he said.
“I’ve seen a lot of him and he has many attributes such as his speed and heart.
There are certain small aspects of his game that I’m intending to work on in order to help him fulfil his enormous potential.” Khan will face Molina in the United States, with the date still to be decided.