Khan to return against Molina as ex-world champion confirms Hunter appointment
10:37 GMT, 29 September 2012
Amir Khan will fight Carlos Molina in December as he bids to get his career back on track following a knockout defeat to Danny Garcia.
The 25-year-old has suffered two consecutive defeats after losing to Lamont Peterson last year although the Washington fighter later failed a drugs test which saw the rematch scrapped.
Khan also confirmed Sportsmail's exclusive that he has appointed Virgil Hunter as his new trainer following his split from Freddie Roach.
Blow: Amir Khan lost his world title fight with Danny Garcia
Molina, 26, has had 18 fights since turning professional in 2007, winning 17 and drawing one.
He outpointed Marcos Leonardo Jimenez in June to win the vacant WBO Inter-Continental lightweight title but has never gone beyond ten rounds.
The Mexican-American has not stopped an opponent in almost three years which suggests Khan's camp have made a sensible decision in avoiding another hard hitter.
Khan, who will be based in Oakland, north California while under the tutelage of Hunter, is expected to fight in America, rather than in England. His last contest on home soil was against Paul McCloskey in April 2011.
His bout with Molina will take place on December 1 or December 15.
'Molina is a good fighter, who has yet to taste defeat, so I know that he will be very dangerous,' Khan said.
'He's a tricky fighter who possess a lot of natural speed. I always want
to face hungry young fighters and in Molina I'm up against a guy who
has ambitions of world title success.'
'I'm really pleased that Virgil Hunter is to become my new trainer,” Khan added.
'Everyone in boxing knows about his skills and the success he has
enjoyed over the last few years. I'm looking forward to the start of my
training camp and working on some new things with him.
'With Virgil in my corner, I know that I can get back to the very top of the light-welterweight division.'
All change: Khan has joined forces with renowned trainer Virgil Hunter (left)
Hunter was last year voted as the trainer of the year by America's
boxing writers and is responsible for the continued rise of super-middleweight champion Andre Ward
He believes his new partnership can be a fruitful
'Amir is an extremely talented fighter and I'm very happy to become his new trainer,' he said.
'I've seen a lot of him and he has many attributes such as his speed and
heart. There are certain small aspects of his game that I'm intending
to work on in order to help him fulfil his enormous potential.'