By Neil James: Amir Khan faces undefeated Carlos Molina on Saturday in a bout that could make or break the fighter, Khan is hoping to revive his career after successive defeats.
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This fight is Khan’s last chance to prove himself, since Khan’s last two defeats the British fighter has split with former trainer Freddie Roach to join up with Virgil Hunter.
Hunter has Khan in better shape than at any stage of his career, it will be the first time he has fought since he started working with his new trainer.
He said: “I know it is a make or break fight for me, that’s why I’m taking it so seriously.”
Khan’s career is at a crucial point as he prepares for the bout at the Los Angeles Sports Arena.
He was knocked down three times in defeat by Danny Garcia in July and now has a 26-3 record.
Khan is determined to beat the California-based Molina by a convincing margin having controversially lost a points decision to Lamont Peterson in Washington a year ago – one of two successive defeats.
The British fighter did have his WBA title handed back to him after the loss to Peterson, however, after the American failed a drugs test.
“My opponent’s going to come in very confident – I’m coming in off a defeat and he’s coming off a win. I’m sure he’s going to be up for this fight and he thinks ‘Amir Khan’s at a low and I’m going to catch him at the right time’.
“But that’s not going to happen. I’m at the best time I can ever be. I’m ready for this fight and I’m hungry to get the win. I know now I can make no more mistakes. This is the last chance and I have to put everything together.
“It seems like the jigsaw’s complete. I’ve got a great trainer with me, I’m in a great training camp, I’m nice and calm, I’ve got a great family behind me and I just can’t wait to get in there and get back on that winning streak.”
Hunter is confident in Khan’s ability and firmly believes that he can guide Khan back to the top of the light-welterweight division.
He said: “Why not set the bar high? That’s what we’re together for. The goal is to reclaim 140, to rule it until he grows into a welterweight and take that division over also. That’s the goal – nothing below that.”