By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Former super lightweight world champion Amir “King” Khan (26-3, 18KOs) has wrapped up training camp as he worked out Tuesday for Saturday’s matchup against the undefeated Carlos Molina (17-0-1, 7KOs) for the WBC Silver super lightweight title at the Los Angeles Sports Arena live on Showtime Championship Boxing. The workout took place at the Ponce de Leon Boxing Gym in Montebello, California. Khan has acquired the services of 2011 Trainer of the Year Virgil Hunter to train him in his comeback fight against Molina.
“My preparation has been amazing I have been learning new techniques working with Virgil. I have worked more in the gym I feel strong and in great shape we have done everything I have had a good camp,” Khan told Fightnews.com on his preparation. Khan has been preparing in the Bay Area, sparring with Alfredo Angulo who has also acquired the services of Hunter. Other sparring partners included Michael Dallas Jr., Karim Mayfield.
“It was a huge change, I have been working on improving on my mistakes as well working the right shots at the right time before I use to get to brave for my own good. Like when I get hit with the shot I would want to have a war. I think I am more mature as a fighter,” Khan told us.
Fightnews.com also spoke with Hunter about the qualities Khan brings as a fighter.
“He could achieve a lot he has tremendous talent and potential we have worked well together since I began working with him I have seen improvement. Amir has been a boy and has blossomed to be a man,” Hunter said.
“Amir is a quick learner. We have worked on some of his flaws and I am preparing Amir for whatever comes his way. His opponent is dangerous. It’s his moment in the sun and he’s trying to make the most of a tremendous opportunity in his hometown. It won’t be an easy fight,” Hunter added.
Khan is coming off two straight loses, a controversial majority decision loss to Lamont Peterson last year and a fourth round TKO at the hands of Danny Garcia in July.
As for Molina, Khans stated. “We are going to be smarter and pick the right shots at the right time.”
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