Amir Khan turns 26 today
By William Mackay: Former IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan (26-3, 18 KO’s) turns 26-year-old today as he gets ready for his bout next Saturday night against little lightweight Carlos Molina (17-0, 7 KO’s) at the Sports Arena, in Los Angeles, California. Khan wants to end his 2-fight losing streak and his promoters at Golden Boy have picked out someone they hope will enable Khan to do that in 5’6” Molina.
Just looking at the two fighters standing next to each other is kind of unsettling because Molina looks so much smaller than Khan. He looks like a super featherweight standing next to a welterweight. Khan’s size advantage is going to be huge for this fight, and the fact that Molina can’t punch will give Khan even more of an advantage on top of that.
Khan said to thesun.co.uk “Molina has probably looked at my last fight and believes I’m damaged goods and that my confidence is damaged after losing. But that’s the way it is. If I want to be the best in the world again I have to get through against Molina.”
Khan is correct; he does have to get past Molina if he wants to be the best in the world. However, it’s going to take a lot more than just beating a small 5’6” lightweight with no power like Molina for Khan to get to back to the top. It doesn’t matter that Khan is now trained by Virgil Hunter and is getting occasional advice from one of Hunter’s fighters WBA/WBC super middleweight champion Andre Ward, Khan’s problems go deeper than who trains him and who’s giving him advice.
Khan is going to have to change his fighting style completely for him to be able to have a chance at beating the top fighters. Khan will have to become a fighter that jabs and moves and rarely mixes it up if he wants to beat the top guys. It’s possible because he’s got a great jab and he’s tall, but it’s not going to be easy because