By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Fightnews.com Staff
Former super lightweight world champio Amir “King” Khan (26-3, 18 KOs) and undefeated challenger Carlos Molina (17-0-1, 7 KOs) faced off Tuesday afternoon in Los Angelesat a press conference officially announcing their December 15 super lightweight showdown at the legendary Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, just a few miles from Milina’s hometown of Norwalk, California.
Carlos Molina: “Come December 15 I am getting ready for an all-out war with Amir Khan. I want to thank him for giving me the opportunity but he made a big mistake. I’m fighting here in my hometown this is my coming out party. The only outcome I see is me remaining undefeated.” Molina said at the press conference
Amir Khan: “This is a comeback fight for me, comeback fights are always tough. This fight is about excitement. Molina is a tough guy who throws a lot of shots we have a similar style that’s what will make it exciting. Come December 15 you will see fireworks and a great fight.”
Coming off two straight loses, Khan has dropped trainer Freddie Roach and acquired the services of 2011 Trainer of the Year Virgil Hunter to train him in his comeback. “I wasn’t really taught what mistakes I was making, I was taught how to beat opponents going into those fights. With Virgil I am learning on how to improve myself,” Khan told Fightnews.com on working with Virgil Hunter.
Molina had a different take on what Khan will get out of the trainer change. “Amir is a great fighter and I think Virgil Hunter is a good trainer but when we are in that ring I think the first few rounds he will work on a strategy but after some pressure he will be the same Amir Khan.”
Regarding his own chances, Molina stated, “I bring an exciting crowd pleasing style. I always want to be in an exciting fight. I am so determined in this fight, so focused, it is my time to shine on December 15….I will give the fans a great fight. I am a big boxing fan. Whenever I see a fighter fight his heart out I’m happy. I will fight my heart out and be smart about it, we are going to beat Amir Khan. I have no doubt we are going to win.”
Khan told Fightnews.com, “Carlos Molina is a great fighter and has a similar style like mine. This is big fight because he has a big fan base. I am not afraid of fighting anywhere. When he is in the ring he will be alone….You will see me more focused I will be smart and make the right moves instead of making mistakes. Expect a great Amir Khan on December 15.”
“This fight has all the ingredients to be a good fight” De la Hoya said. “Khan always comes to fight and is always on his “A” game. Against Molina this is not an easy comeback fight for Khan but that goes to show you the character of Amir Khan. He could have taken an easy fight but he once again chose an undefeated fighter in Carlos Molina in his hometown.”
Prior to the press conference, Golden Boy publicist Bill Caplan recalled some of the boxing history at the Sports Arena. From the first world title fight in 1959 when Joe Becerra of Guadalajara, Mexico knocked out France’s Alphonse Halimi for the world bantamweight title to some of the notable names to step in the ring there including Sugar Ray Robinson, Muhammad Ali, and Roberto Duran.
Amir Khan and Carlos Molina are in good company.