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Amir Khan hopes to "laugh in Kell Brook"s face" by proving he has more fans in Sheffield

Khan hopes to 'laugh in Kell Brook's face' by proving he has more fans than his rival does in his home town of Sheffield

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Declan Warrington

PUBLISHED:

00:49 GMT, 6 March 2013

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UPDATED:

02:11 GMT, 6 March 2013

Amir Khan has revealed he cannot wait to fight in Sheffield – because he wants to ‘laugh in Kell Brook’s face’ about having more fans than Brook does in his home town.

The former world champion is to fight Mexican Julio Diaz in Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena on April 27 at a catchweight of 143lbs, and though he is adamant he will return to 140lbs to avenge defeats against Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia, he couldn’t resist a dig at welterweight Brook, his long-time rival.

'We’ll show him how we sell tickets,' said Khan, whose fight against Diaz is his first in the UK for two years.

Last laugh: Amir Khan believes he will sell out the Motorpoint Arena because he has more Sheffield-based fans than Kell Brook

Last laugh: Amir Khan believes he will sell out the Motorpoint Arena because he has more Sheffield-based fans than Kell Brook

'It’ll show that I probably have more
fans than him in his home town. That’s a laugh in his face, really. But I
don’t think about fighting him yet – he has to prove himself.'

Brook is to fight Devon Alexander for the IBF welterweight title in May and, if victorious, interest in a fight between he and Khan is certain to grow, something the latter says he will welcome once he has achieved his ambitions as a light welterweight and moved up to the 147lb division.

'I have nothing against Kell Brook,' says Khan. 'I don't care about him or think about him. He has to prove himself. At the moment he's not on my radar or anything.

'Spectacular': Julio Diaz was impressed with Khan's performance against Carlos Molina

'Spectacular': Julio Diaz was impressed with Khan's performance against Carlos Molina

'If I move up to 147 then definitely I would fight him, but it's six to nine months before I do move up. When I do, I'm not someone who says no and I would take that fight.

'I still want to fight at 140 and win titles at that weight and then move up to 147 as a world champion.

'There are still two fights out there at 140 against Petersen and Garcia – they are fights I want and that are there for me, so I don't see why I should move up.'

Battle of Britain Interest in Kell Brook fighting Amir Khan continues to grow

Battle of Britain Interest in Kell Brook fighting Amir Khan continues to grow

Juan Manuel Marquez and Timothy Bradley were among those mentioned as potential opponents for Khan, with Peterson and Vyacheslav Senchenko, who retired Ricky Hatton in November, understood to have rejected official offers to fight him. As a consequence Diaz has been viewed as an underwhelming opponent, but he is one Khan is adamant will not be easy.

'We got the fight I wanted,' he said. 'Not many would take this fight on so I have a lot of respect for Diaz for taking it.

'People will turn us down because they know this is a tough fight, even though last year wasn't our best. We tried with some and it didn't happen, which is why I left England for a training camp without doing any press as I didn't have a secure opponent.'

Back on form: Khan followed two straight losses with a 10th-round stoppage of Molina

Back on form: Khan followed two straight losses with a 10th-round stoppage of Molina

For Diaz, the next fight represents the biggest of his career after his last was a draw against Shawn Porter on the undercard of Khan's 10th-round stoppage victory over Carlos Molina, the 2004 Olympian's first with trainer Virgil Hunter, and one in which the Mexican felt Khan simply could not be criticised.

'I have to say he was spectacular,' Diaz said. 'He looked a whole different fighter. Virgil has done a very good job with him, but I have a very good team and, when I get in the ring in Sheffield, it will be a very proud moment.

'Amir has been a superstar since he started and has been treated like one. I’ve struggled to get attention by winning performances and knockouts, but it’s just made me work harder.'

Tickets for Amir Khan vs. Julio Diaz can be purchased from www.motorpointarenasheffield.co.uk or by calling 0114 256 5656.

Adrian Peterson short of Eric Dickerson"s record as Minnesota Vikings beat Green Bay Packers

Peterson falls short of Dickerson's record after carrying Minnesota Vikings into NFL play-offs

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UPDATED:

02:25 GMT, 31 December 2012

Touchdown: Adrian Peterson made it 10-0 in the first quarter

Touchdown: Adrian Peterson made it 10-0 in the first quarter

Adrian Peterson fell nine-yards shy of breaking Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson's all-time rushing record as the Minnesota Vikings claimed a wild-card spot with a thrilling 37-34 victory over the Green Bay Packers.

365 days after undergoing surgery for a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee, Peterson finished with 199-yards and a touchdown, becoming the seventh running back in NFL history to break the 2,000 yard barrier in a single season.

'Ultimately we got the “W”,' Peterson said after a career-high 34 carries. 'We said during the week, if it happens, it happens. Don't focus on it.'

With the clock ticking down and some excellent time management from quarterback Christian Ponder, the MVP-contender's final run of 26 yards put the Vikings within field goal range.

Up stepped metronomic rookie Blair Walsh to convert the winning field goal from 29 yards to send Mall of America field into delirium.

Outnumbered: The Green Bay Packers attempt to get to grips with Peterson

Outnumbered: The Green Bay Packers attempt to get to grips with Peterson

Peterson's 2,097 yards this season spearheaded an unlikely charge to the post-season, with the Vikings looking finished at 6-6 after a promising start.

But four straight wins against the Chicago Bears, the St Louis Rams, the Houston Texans and the NFC North winners set up another meeting between the two storied rivals at Lambeau Field next week.

Shamed Victor Conte supplies supplements to Amir Khan

Shamed Conte supplies supplements to British light-welterweight Khan

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UPDATED:

00:36 GMT, 23 December 2012

Amir Khan, back on the world title
trail following last week's win over Carlos Molina, has taken nutrional
supplements supplied by Victor Conte, the man jailed for his part in one
of the world's biggest doping scandals.

Conte, sentenced to four months in
prison in 2005 for distributing steroids, is chief executive of a
company called SNAC System Inc, which issued supplements to Khan in the
run-up to his career-saving victory over Molina.

Comeback: Amir Khan after beating American Carlos Molina

Comeback: Amir Khan after beating American Carlos Molina

The 62-year-old was introduced to Khan via the Bolton man's new trainer, Virgil Hunter. Conte told The Mail on Sunday: 'I provided Amir Khan with supplements during his training camp with Virgil Hunter and special pre-fight supplements.'

A spokesman for Khan said: 'Amir did take supplements from a company called SNAC, which I believe is Victor Conte's company.

'Everything he took was declared to USADA, who were regulating the drugs tests for the Molina fight. Everything was cleared by them.'

Conte founded the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative [BALCO], which was raided in 2003 after evidence emerged that Conte had been providing performance-enhancing drugs to elite athletes such as five-time Olympic sprint champion Marion Jones, Tim Montgomery and British runner Dwain Chambers.

Conte has since become an anti-doping advocate and has provided consultation for agencies including the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association [VADA], which caught Lamont Peterson earlier this year before he was due to fight Khan in a rematch.

Khan has stated several times his abhorrence towards drug use in boxing and is one of the few fighters to undergo random blood and urine testing.

The British light-welterweight is still bitter that his hopes of avenging a split-decision defeat by Peterson were scuppered when the American tested positive for a banned substance ahead of their proposed rematch.

Khan has said: 'There are a lot of fighters out there who might be taking [drugs]. Imagine me taking it – I'd be an animal. How many people are on this stuff You just don't know.'

Amir Khan will fight twice in 2013 after Showtime deal

Khan will fight twice in 2013 with first bout in April after striking Showtime deal

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UPDATED:

20:29 GMT, 18 December 2012

Amir Khan will return to the ring in April – and fight just twice next year – after signing a deal with Showtime in the United States.

The 26-year-old ended a run of two successive defeats by stopping Carlos Molina last Saturday and could target rematches with Danny Garcia and Lamont Peterson in 2013.

Molina was retired by his corner after the tenth round having suffered a nasty cut around his left eye during the fight in Los Angeles.

Signed up: Amir Khan (left) will fight twice in 2013 after deal with Showtime

Signed up: Amir Khan (left) will fight twice in 2013 after deal with Showtime

‘It was offered to us and to Amir, and we liked the terms and decided to do it,’ Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer told ESPN. ‘We want to do big fights with Amir and so does Showtime.

‘There could be a rematch with Danny Garcia, but there are also other big names.

‘Maybe a rematch with Lamont Peterson, maybe a Victor Ortiz, Devon Alexander or Andre Berto, when Amir moves up to welterweight.’

Khan’s schedule has been designed to fit around his wedding in April and to allow him to observe Ramadan.

Timetables: Khan's schedule operates around his wedding and Ramadan

Timetables: Khan's schedule operates around his wedding and Ramadan

Schaefer also confirmed that Khan’s hands were not fractured following his emphatic victory.

‘He got his hands checked out because they were swollen, but nothing seems to be broken,’ he added.

‘He is excited about the deal and we discussed some of the different possibilities for him next year.’

Amir Khan v Carlos Molina LIVE

LIVE: Amir Khan v Carlos Molina – round-by-round coverage of the big fight

Amir Khan goes head-to-head with Carlos Molina in what is a make or break fight for the Bolton boxer. After successive defeats to Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia, Khan sacked trainer Freddie Roach and teamed up with Virgil Hunter. He will be expected to kick off the new era with victory in Los Angeles.

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Back on track: Amir Khan celebrates

Back on track: Amir Khan celebrates

6.15am: That's all from me. Stay with us for all the fall-out from LA and in the New Year when we will continue to bring you the best boxing coverage at home and abroad.

6am: I wouldn't want anyone to get carried away with this result, just as people shouldn't have gotten carried away with the Garcia defeat. Molina was a hand-picked opponent who only stood standing because he is pretty tough. Khan's hands were fast, as they always are, he looked sharp and he put his punches together well. But he was helped by the cut around Molina's eye and the gulf in class.

Read the full report here.

5.50am: That was a sensible stoppage from the corner there and it could have come a couple of rounds earlier.

In his post-fight interview, Khan says he wants a rematch with Danny Garcia who was ringside tonight.

ALL OVER ! AMIR KHAN BEATS CARLOS MOLINA

Round 10: Molina does come out with more fight in the 10th as he tries to land shots of his own but Khan can almost move in slow motion and still avoid them. The referee is over to the corner again at the bell and this time Molina is pulled out.

Round 9: Blood is pouring from Molina's eye and surely he won't be allowed back out after this session He can't get close to Khan despite charging forward and Khan picks him off with ease. The referee talks to the corner and makes it clear the home favourite must show something else he will call it off 10-9

Round 8: Molina may not be stopped but the gulf in class is apparent in every round. Khan dances around the ring, landing at will with his sharp one-two-three punch combinations. The Mexican-American's eye is examined at the break but he's OK to continue 10-9

Round 7: I didn't think we'd get to the second half to be honest, but here we are. There is very little coming back from Molina now. He tries to land with the odd left but all the good work is coming from Khan. He connects with strong right hand in the final minute of the round but otherwise, he is content to keep Molina at bay with the jab 10-9

Round 6: Another quieter round as Khan fights in bursts. Coming in off the jab, he lets his hands go and then gets out. Nice work once again. The ridiculous thing is that whenever he is hit, the crowd seem to think he's going down. A huge over-reaction after Garcia 10-9

Easy pickings: Khan landed with increasing regularity against an outclassed Molina

Easy pickings: Khan landed with increasing regularity against an outclassed Molina

Round 5: Credit to Molina, he keeps coming forward, taking his punishment and then marching on again. He does manage to land a left flush on Khan but the response is another flurry of fast punches which will be catching the eye much more than the home favourite's solitary jabs. The pace slowed in that round but another one to the Brit 10-9

Round 4: Big session for Khan as he switches from head to body before peppering Molina with a barrage of shots. His speed is incredible at times. Molina stands up well though and is nothing if not tough. He fights back a little towards the end of the round but the stoppage is surely coming 10-9

Round 3: A quiet start to the round but Molina catches Khan again with a swinging right only for the Brit to land several flurries of his own. He then gets the better of an exchange on the ropes, finding the target with the uppercut. Molina's eye is getting worse and won't help him see Khan's fast hands coming at him. 10-9

Round 2: Molina comes out swinging with the left, and misses. He has a reach disadvantage and is repeatedly out of range as Khan lands his combinations with relative ease. The Brit also moves downstairs with the right hand though but is caught flush on the face by Molina. Just as well he's not a bigger puncher or that might have been serious 10-9

Round 1: Khan doesn't waste time in getting to work, rushing at Molina from the first bell. Khan takes a right but there is already bad markings around his opponent's left eye. Khan controls the centre of the ring and uses his speed well, doubling up on the jab as Molina struggles to throw anything back. His eye is already a mess. My score (Khan first): 10-9.

Flush: Khan was on top from the first bell as Molina found himself overwhelmed

Flush: Khan was on top from the first bell as Molina found himself overwhelmed

5.05am: Khan is in the ring. This is his first non-world title fight for well over three years when he fought Marco Antonio Barrera .

5am: Here we go, it's ring walk time…

4.45am: It's all over! Wilder keeps up his remarkable record as a huge overhand right sends Price to the canvas and he does not recover. Now it's time for Khan.

4.40am: So far, so uninspiring from these two. Neither seem too willing to open up just yet. Boos from the crowd already.

4.35am: Both boxers in this next fight are unbeaten. Wilder has won all 25 of his bouts inside four rounds which is some record. Price meanwhile has won six of his 13 inside the scheduled distance.

This contest should tell certainly tell us more about Wilder. Is he really the next big heavyweight hope for the US

4.25am: Angulo has won the decision over Silva but Khan won't be next. Heavyweights Deontay Wilder and Kelvin Price are due in the ring first.

Hard fought: Alfredo Angulo (left) on his way to victory over Jorge Silva

Hard fought: Alfredo Angulo (left) on his way to victory over Jorge Silva

4.20am: Ward has had the following to say about Khan: 'I've seen an improvement. He's listening and willing to learn and that has been his first step. I think he's going to pull through in a big way. He only knows one way to fight, he's very eager and very zealous but [under Hunter] a little more patient and you're going to see a better Amir Khan.'

4,15am: We should have Khan in the ring within the next 20 minutes. Alfredo Angulo's bout with Jorge Silva are in the eighth of 10 rounds and the Brit is next.

4.10am: Meanwhile, in Texas, Nonito Donaire has beaten Jorge Arce inside three rounds to retain his WBO super-bantamweight title. The 'Filipino Flash' would be a daunting prospect for either of Britain's rising stars in the division, Carl Frampton or Scott Quigg.

4.05am: As I also said, assuming Khan wins this, and wins it well, I don't think we can read too much into it, unless there is a marked difference in the way he fights.

Yes, Andre Ward is among the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world but how much of that is down to Virgil Hunter and if the answer is a lot, how much of that coaching is transferable to Khan

Khan's problem has been ignoring instructions, choosing to go for the spectacular win and impress the crowd.

Well, there isn't much of a crowd to impress in LA… but regardless, he needs to start using his brain.

4am: Two things I'd like to point out. One, I think Khan lost to Peterson although the failed drugs test changes that a lot. And two, I don't believe he has a particularly suspect chin. The first punch from Garcia would have scrambled anybody's brain and lets not forget that Khan stood up to the best Marcos Maidana had to offer.

We don't seem to be calling Manny Pacquiao's chin weak just because he was KO'd last weekend.

Bludgeoning: Nonito Donaire (left) stopped Jorge Arce in the third round

Bludgeoning: Nonito Donaire (left) stopped Jorge Arce in the third round

3.50am: I am aware, of course, that Molina is unbeaten but he hasn't fought anyone with the calibre of Khan or his opponents. Khan doesn't need to have improved markedly to win this fight and I expect him to do so inside six rounds.

3.45am: Back to Khan, who we expect to make his ring walk at around 4.25am, and there is no doubt Molina has been put in front of him to get his confidence back and go into 2013 on a high.

A light puncher who is moving up a division… if Khan doesn't look good winning this then there is something wrong.

P.S. Andre Ward has just told Sky Sports that he wants a rematch with Carl Froch next year.

3.35am: In other news Stateside, Adrien Broner, considered by many as the heir to Floyd Mayweather Jnr's throne, has said he wants to face Scotland's Ricky Burns in a unification fight.

Broner is expected to be back in action on February 16 and Burns could be in the opposite corner in Atlantic City.

'I'm ready for Ricky Burns,' Broner said. 'He's a world-class fighter and I respect him for what he's done.

'I wanted to fight him for the WBO title, but he moved up. I hope he doesn't try and avoid me again.'

Down and out: Khan was sent crashing to the canvas by Danny Garcia earlier this year

Down and out: Khan was sent crashing to the canvas by Danny Garcia earlier this year

3.25am: Before I focus solely on Khan, there were some cracking fights in London last night as George Groves defended his Commonwealth super-middleweight title against teak tough Glen Johnson. Also in action was Billy Joe Saunders who beat Nick Blackwell for the British and Commonwealth middleweight titles.

You can read my reports from the Excel Arena here.

3.15am: As a result of suffering the defeat to Garcia, Khan split with trainer Freddie Roach and hooked up with Virgil Hunter who has guided the career of super middleweight world champion Andre Ward. We will see if the relationship has had time to develop over the last couple of months.

3.05am: It's fair to say it hasn't been the best of years for Bolton's Khan. After losing to Lamont Peterson last December, the American failed a drugs test in the build-up to the rematch. When that fight was shelved, Khan faced Danny Garcia but a huge left hand left the Brit in all sorts of trouble from which he couldn't recover.

3am: Good morning and welcome to Sportsmail's coverage of Amir Khan's make-or-break fight with Carlos Molina in Los Angeles.

Face off: Amir Khan (left) takes on Carlos Molina as he bids to get his career back on track

Face off: Amir Khan (left) takes on Carlos Molina as he bids to get his career back on track

Amir Khan sets sights on Danny Garcia revenge mission after blowing away Carlos Molina

Khan sets sights on Garcia revenge mission after blowing away Molina in LA

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UPDATED:

14:50 GMT, 16 December 2012

Amir Khan has targeted a revenge fight with Danny Garcia after his cool and calculated performance in beating Carlos Molina.

Khan knew nothing less than victory would do after losing against Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia in the last 12 months.

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Powering on: Amir Khan lands a punch on Carlos Molina during their super-lightweight title bout in Los Angeles

Powering on: Amir Khan lands a punch on Carlos Molina during their super-lightweight title bout in Los Angeles

Back on track: Khan shows off his belt after brushing aside Molina

Back on track: Khan shows off his belt after brushing aside Molina

There was no such upset at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, though, as the former unified light-welterweight world champion produced a measured, mature performance to break down unfancied Molina and prompt his corner to pull him out after the 10th round.

Khan's 26-3 (18KOs) record bore the scars of a turbulent year which the fighter himself admitted was the worst of his professional life. Molina, meanwhile, was unbeaten – with 17 wins and a draw – but also untested, having campaigned mainly at the lower lightweight division.

The form book suggested the apparently light-punching Californian was the perfect opponent in this 12-round fight for the vulnerable Khan, who still bristles at suggestions his punch resistance is weak.

Returning in style: Khan lands a right hand on Molina at the Los Angeles Sports Arena

Returning in style: Khan lands a right hand on Molina at the Los Angeles Sports Arena

Bouncing back: Khan proved too strong for the previously-unbeaten Molina

Bouncing back: Khan proved too strong for the previously-unbeaten Molina

After being given a largely hostile welcome by the largely Latin American crowd, Khan stayed true to his pre-fight vow that he would be more patient.

He moved forward in measured bursts, landing shots before coming out of the way and breaking his outclassed opponent down.

'I thought I stuck to my gameplan and was keeping faith in my jab,' he said. 'Carlos took some really good shots but was still coming forward, so I thought to myself 'I'd better stick to this gameplan'.

'Virgil Hunter, my new coach, is a great trainer and I'm getting better at boxing, being a complete fighter. He's teaching me things, like speed, patience, picking the right shots and when to throw them. Sometimes I'm too brave for my own good but now I know it is better to stick to a gameplan.'

Khan, who lost to Garcia in July, added: “I'm my own biggest critic after a loss and I always ask “what did I do wrong, why did I make those mistakes” In the Garcia fight he caught me with a good shot but I'll fight Danny Garcia again anytime, anywhere.'

Delight: Khan's team rush in to celebrate with their fighter after Molina's struggle was halted

Delight: Khan's team rush in to celebrate with their fighter after Molina's struggle was halted

Hands up who's back: Khan was all smiles at the end of the contest

Hands up who's back: Khan was all smiles at the end of the contest

Molina was quick to hold his hands up and give credit to the better man.

'I don't know what happened,' he said. 'I wanted to pull the trigger but for some reason I couldn't get my hands to go. I had a lack of precision. He was fast with his jab and I was hesitant, trying to get in because he has a long reach.

'I didn't use my jab and I lost my undefeated record. I felt like I connected two or three times but not from the right distance to reconnect after I wobbled him. I'm going to go back, work hard and get back into the ring.'

Khan was patient throughout, refusing to stand and trade for extended periods. Instead he landed trademark lightning-fast combinations before utilising his footwork to get out of harm's way.

Even Molina was arguably still in with a puncher's chance but after another round of one-way traffic in the 10th, the American was spared further futile punishment and the win was Khan's.

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Amir Khan beats Carlos Molina

Khan gets career back on track after stopping Molina in Los Angeles but British star 'fractures' both hands in emphatic win

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UPDATED:

14:52 GMT, 16 December 2012

Amir Khan took the first step towards regaining a world title with a stoppage win over previously unbeaten Carlos Molina in a fight he had admitted was 'make or break' following two devastating defeats.

Bolton native Khan knew nothing less than victory would do after losing against Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia over the last 12 months.

There was no such upset at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena but Khan was left with two fractured hands after a dominant performance.

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Flush: Amir Khan was on top from the first bell as Carlos Molina found himself overwhelmed

Flush: Amir Khan was on top from the first bell as Carlos Molina found himself overwhelmed

Amir Khan connects with Carlos Molina

Saj Mohamed, a member of Khan's team, tweeted: 'Ouch @AmirKingKhan Both hands Fractured! Molina was one tough cookie.'

Khan's 26-3 (18KOs) record bore the scars of a turbulent year which the fighter himself admitted was the worst of his professional life.

Molina, meanwhile, was unbeaten – with 17 wins and a draw – but also untested, having campaigned mainly at the lower lightweight division.

The form book suggested the apparently light-punching Californian was the perfect opponent in this 12-round fight for the vulnerable Khan, who still bristles at suggestions his punch resistance is weak.

Price of success: Khan was reported to have fractured both hands during his victory over Molina

Price of success: Khan was reported to have fractured both hands during his victory over Molina

Through the gate: Molina did manage to land on Khan but the Bolton boxer withstood the punches

Through the gate: Molina did manage to land on Khan but the Bolton boxer withstood the punches

Carlos Molina sits in his corner after the ninth round

Amir Khan

Sore one: A cut opened around Molina's left eye early in the fight which caused him problems throughout

After being given a largely hostile welcome by the largely Latin American crowd, Khan stayed true to his pre-fight vow that he would be more patient.

The Briton moved forward in measured bursts, landing shots before coming out of the way. He cut Molina with his best shot of the round, a straight, driven right hand which looked responsible for cutting Molina over the left eye. A right to the body then closed the first round nicely for Khan.

A jab and left hook early in the second worked well for Khan as he started well – as he had done against Peterson and Garcia too.

Relentless: Khan used his jab effectively to keep Molina at bay and launch his combinations

Relentless: Khan used his jab effectively to keep Molina at bay and launch his combinations

Sore one: A cut opened beneath Molina's left eye early in the fight

Sore one: A cut opened beneath Molina's left eye early in the fight

A left-right landed hard but Molina finally countered with shots of his own, forcing his attacker to think twice for a moment. The local man thudded in two jabs and a right hand which Khan shook off well before the bell.

Molina was beginning to look a little more aggressive by the third and caught Khan on the ropes for the first time. Khan was winning the rounds and left hooks to head then body represented decent success in the fourth.

The crowd were excited by the burst of action that followed as Khan fired at will before swallowing a left hook from the American.

Over and out: The fight was stopped when Molina's corner felt he had suffered enough

Over and out: The fight was stopped when Molina's corner felt he had suffered enough

Referee Jack Reiss stops the fight between Amir Khan and Carlos Molina

The former champion landed a jab, straight right and right uppercut as referee Jack Reiss had a quick look at Molina's wound.

A three-punch combination culminating in a reaching uppercut was Khan's best work in a quieter fifth. Molina landed a crude but hard left hook and wild right in the sixth while Khan produced another flurry to back his man up.

Khan worked his way in with shots on the inside and caught the eye with a number of spiteful left hooks broken up by another uppercut. Again, though, he failed to put a dent in his man but even the pro-Molina crowd were enjoying much of his work.

Khan mixed things up somewhat in the ninth, a right to the body preceding a pause and then a superb left hook from range. A left-right jolted Molina late in the round.

New era: Khan will hope to fight for a world title next year after his win in Los Angeles

New era: Khan will hope to fight for a world title next year after his win in Los Angeles

New era: Khan will hope to fight for a world title next year after his win

Even Molina was arguably still in with a puncher's chance but after another round of one-way traffic in the 10th, the American was spared further futile punishment and the win was Khan's.

Khan said: 'I thought I stuck to my gameplan and was keeping faith in my jab. Carlos took some really good shots but was still coming forward, so I thought to myself, “I'd better stick to this gameplan”.

'Virgil Hunter is a great trainer and I'm getting better at boxing, being a complete fighter. He's teaching me things, like speed, patience, picking the right shots and when to throw them.

'Sometimes I'm too brave for my own good but now I know it is better to stick to a gameplan.'

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Manchester United Christmas party pictures – The Red Devils are Christmas angels

The Red Devils are Christmas angels as United stars toe party line

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UPDATED:

00:35 GMT, 16 December 2012

Manchester United's players were on their best behaviour on Saturday night as they enjoyed a low-key Christmas party, under strict orders from manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

Hours after beating Sunderland 3-1 to hold a six-point lead over title rivals Manchester City, Robin van Persie, Ryan Giggs and Ashley Young led the festive celebrations at Rio Ferdinand's Italian restaurant, Rosso, in Manchester.

But there was no sign of Wayne Rooney.

Manchester United Team mates arriving at Rio Ferdinands Italian restaurant, Rosso

Manchester United Team mates arriving at Rio Ferdinands Italian restaurant, Rosso

Christmas cheer: Ryan Giggs (left) and Robin van Persie (right)

Cracking time: Rio Ferdinand, Alexander Buttner and Van Persie

Cracking time: Rio Ferdinand, Alexander Buttner and Van Persie

The England striker had missed last year's get-together to watch boxer Amir Khan lose his title fight against Lamont Peterson at home on TV.

And Rooney may have decided to stay in again on Saturday night as Khan was due to fight Carlos Molina in Los Angeles.

For years United's players celebrated the festive season by visiting a number of pubs and bars in Manchester.

But Ferguson called time on the benders after his players partied with over 80 women during a 15-hour boozing marathon in 2007.

Manchester United Team mates arriving at Rio Ferdinands Italian restaurant, Rosso in Manchester City centre for their Christmas party

Manchester United Team mates arriving at Rio Ferdinands Italian restaurant, Rosso in Manchester City centre for their Christmas party

All booked: The United party could be sure to to get a table at Rio Ferdinand's restaurant in Manchester

Manchester United Team mates arriving at Rio Ferdinands Italian restaurant, Rosso

Manchester United Team mates arriving at Rio Ferdinands Italian restaurant, Rosso

Amir Khan v Carlos Molina: Danny Garcia"s racist dad won"t stop me this time

Khan: There's no way Garcia's racist dad will stop me beating Molina

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01:12 GMT, 12 December 2012

Amir Khan is such a changed young man that not even the provocative presence of Danny Garcia’s offensive father in the opposite corner here on Saturday night will ruffle his new-found maturity.

That is just one of the promises that Khan is making – to his new trainer, his fans and himself – as he strives to put his career back on track by ending Carlos Molina’s unbeaten record in ‘what has become the most important fight of my life.’

The Americans are trying to inflame Khan by drafting in Garcia Snr, whose racist insults caused our boy from Bolton to lose his head – almost literally – in the second of the successive defeats which have knocked him off his world championship throne and into resurrection mode.

No chance: Amir Khan is determined to defeat Carlos Molina

No chance: Amir Khan is determined to defeat Carlos Molina

It is a mischievous move by Team Molina but Khan says: ‘You will see a different, more mature me in this fight.

'I let Danny’s Dad get to me and I went to punish them with a knock-out too quickly, instead of continuing to break him down, and got caught with a punch from nowhere.

‘That’s why Molina has brought him in but it won’t happen this time. I’ve grown up and nothing will take my focus off my boxing.

'I will be smart and pick my moments to go for the finish. Just as I am insisting on random blood testing for drugs before all my fights, so that I don’t suffer again the way I did in the previous defeat by Lamont Peterson,who we found was on steroids.’

The calming presence of the new trainer – the prodigious Andre Ward’s mentor Virgil Hunter – has played a major part in these rationales. But so has the unexpected fate which befell Khan’s friend and former stable-mate Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

Khan was speaking in the aftermath of the PacMan’s seismic knock-out by the suddenly muscular Juan Manuel Marquez.

Focused: Khan is looking to bounce back with victory over the unbeaten fighter

Focused: Khan is looking to bounce back with victory over the unbeaten fighter

Knockout: Khan is trying to get his career back on track after the devastating knockout

Knockout: Khan is trying to get his career back on track after the devastating knockout

He said: ‘I believe every boxer should submit to Olympic style testing, not only before fights but all year round. Molina agreed for this fight and we both gave blood about five times during our training camps.

‘But it’s not only the drugs testing. Manny and I were both on the wrong end of big knock-outs because we went lunging in for the quick KO ourselves instead of going through the process. We are both great attacking fighters but not so hot defensively.

‘My natural instinct is to fight but I’ve learned from this experience that I must control that impulse.’

Khan, who was widely criticised after falling to Garcia for his presumption in talking up a future mega-fight against Floyd Mayweather, added: ‘I’ve also learned not to look past the fight in front of me. I know that I simply cannot afford another defeat. I have to concentrate on the job in hand.’

That focus excludes any forward notion of going up a division – to full welterweight – to answer the public challenge from fellow Englishman Kell Brook. Khan is not interested in adding poundage ‘until I’ve come back to clean up at 14O lbs ….even if Brook does win a world title when he fights Devon Alexander her in LA next month. It will be well into next year before I even think of moving up again.’

In conversation: Khan chats to Sportsmail's Jeff Powell earlier this year

In conversation: Khan chats to Sportsmail's Jeff Powell earlier this year

That purging process at light-welter will required him to avenge the Garcia KO and that re-match is likely to be the one he seeks next assuming he overcomes Molina ‘even though I don’t think Danny will take it because I was beating him up until he landed that one big shot.’

He adds: ‘Of course I want to mix it again with the best in the world in due course….but not until I’ve re-established myself.’

In truth, Khan has never been as arrogant as he has been perceived in some quarters and it has been more important to acquire this maturity he now sees in himself. Not humility.

Carlos Molina is not alone in wondering and waiting to see the new Amir Khan enter the Los Angeles Arena.

Amla and De Villiers put South Africa in commanding position in final Aussie Test

Amla and De Villiers put South Africa in commanding position in final Aussie Test

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11:04 GMT, 2 December 2012

Australia need a daunting 592 runs to win the third Test against South Africa after the tourists dominated the third day at Perth.

Hashim Amla and and AB De Villiers both made big hundreds as the Proteas looked well set to win the three-match series 1-0.

Amla fell just short a double-century and De Villiers made 169 as Graeme Smith`s men closed their second innings on 569 to set the home side a victory target of 632. They closed on 40 without loss.

In form: South Africa's Hashim Amla helped his side to a commanding lead

In form: South Africa's Hashim Amla helped his side to a commanding lead

South Africa had taken control of the series decider on day two and closed at 230 for two, 292 runs in front.

with another boundary.

Helping hand: AB de Villiers was also in impressive form for South Africa

Helping hand: AB de Villiers was also in impressive form for South Africa

Kallis eventually departed for 37 in 65 balls, top-edging a Mitchell Starc bouncer to Johnson at fine leg.

Amla's innings was unaffected and De Villiers offered solid support to accompany him to lunch, grinding out 18 runs in the process. /12/02/article-2241766-165040DB000005DC-808_468x307.jpg” width=”468″ height=”307″ alt=”Fighting back: Australia's David Warner made a steady start” class=”blkBorder” />

Fighting back: Australia's David Warner made a steady start

Robin Peterson had failed to trouble the scorers when he was caught by Johnson off Starc with the total on 539 for seven.

Starc went on to claim his fourth wicket when De Villiers fell for 169, caught behind by Matthew Wade after an innings that included 21 fours and three sixes and coming off just 184 balls, with the total on 557 and the lead at over 600.

Starc made it a five-wicket haul when Dale Steyn clipped a rising ball behind to Wade and departed for eight.

Starc finished with six for 154 as he bowled Morne Morkel for a duck to end the South Africa innings 569 on and a lead of 631.

Australia's reply had reached 40 without loss, with David Warner on 29 and Ed Cowan nine not out from 13 overs when the third day's play came to a close.

That left the home side still needing 592 runs to win or two days to bat out and save the Test and deny the Proteas what would be a series-winning victory in a match which carries the extra bounty of the world No 1 spot.