On Tuesday in London, former unified super lightweight champion Amir Khan spoke to the media about his December 15 fight with Carlos Molina at the Los Angeles Sports Arena. After two straight losses, Khan has replaced trainer Freddie Roach with Andre Ward trainer Virgil Hunter. “We have spoken quite a bit already,” said Khan. “We discussed the fact that I am an offensive fighter, but now it’s time to be a smart fighter, to win fights with my brain.
“He told me that he wants the type of fighter-trainer relationship where we get along really well together, where we don’t just see each other at the gym. We will watch tapes together and work out our game plan together. With Virgil, that is a style that will work for me.
“My main style was to be a boxer using my brain, but when you start to win so comfortably, you can forget the meaning of being a boxer. You can get drawn into ‘fights.’ What Virgil and I spoke about is going back to boxing, smart boxing. I think that is what Virgil Hunter has to teach me, to stick to a game plan. At times in the past, I went out there and I saw ‘red’ and went all-out, forgetting the game plan. I think Virgil will get me to use all of my speed, ability and skill at the right times.”