Khan gushing about his new defensive skills
By Scott Gilfoid: Former IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan (26-3, 18 KO’s) says he sees a ton of improvement in his defensive skills in the short time he’s been working with his new trainer Virgil Hunter in getting ready for his December 15th fight against 5’6″ lightweight Carlos Molina (17-0, 7 KO’s) in Los Angeles.
Khan told Fighthype.com “Already I see a big difference in my defense, especially with my sparring partners.”
Gosh, Khan has made dramatic improvements with his leaky defense in just one training camp? I think I’ll wait and see on that. I don’t expect there to be any real change at all, but with this fight we probably won’t get a clear picture because Khan’s promoters at Golden Boy has picked out a small lightweight with little power for Khan to toy with and hopefully not get knocked out. Molina won’t have the power to stretch Khan like his last opponent Danny Garcia did last July.
With defensive skills it’s very, very hard to make changes with them, and you really can’t see whether a fighter has learned anything until they’re put in with good opposition that presses them. Molina isn’t that fighter, so we’re not going to learn much from this fight.
Khan thinks he wouldn’t have been knocked out by Garcia had he fought defensively and just boxed him. I don’t think so. Even if a fighter moves constantly and fights in a purely defensive posture, they’re going to get hit hard a lot of times in a fight. I don’t think Khan has the chin to even take one solid shot from a fighter like Garcia.
Speaking of Garcia, Khan wants a rematch with him next year so that he can avenge his loss. I hope for Khan’s sake Golden Boy talks him out of it because Garcia will knock Khan out again even if he’s fighting in an Ostrich with his head hidden from view. Garcia will find it and knock Khan out.