UPDATE: According to an article written by respected boxing journalist Lem Satterfield of RingTv.com, the fight will be broadcast on the Showtime network not HBO, whose contract with Khan recently expired. .
Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer told Lem the following:
This morning, we finalized the deal that Amir's fight against Carlos Molina is going to be on Showtime. We're finalizing the date. I should probably have that in the next 48 hours, but it will definitely be on Showtime.
Amir Khan will be facing Carlos Molina in his next bout, according a recent report by Jake Donovan of boxingscene.com. While the venue and date haven’t been solidified, the U.S. is the likely location for the fight, and December 1 and December 15 are the potential dates. It is still unknown which network will broadcast the fight, but HBO seems the likely candidate.
The Carlos Molina that he will be fighting is not the man who was robbed of a victory over James Kirkland earlier this year, but a lightweight prospect moving up to face the much bigger Khan.
Molina sports an impressive record of 17-0-1 with seven knockouts. The split-decision draw on his record came against Juan Montiel whose record was a mediocre 5-4-2. Montiel was stopped in last bout against lightweight Abner Cotto.
With Khan coming off a knockout loss, it is understandable to want to give him a soft touch for his first fight back, but this fight seems a little too soft. Molina, although he has never lost, has never faced a fighter of any note and the only undefeated fighter he has ever fought was making his pro debut.
If Khan wants to win back fans after such a devastating knockout loss he should be facing a fighter the fans have heard of, not a fighter who has been buried on undercards and only fought on Spanish language TV.
If HBO approves this fight it will only be because of the influence that Golden Boy Promotions has at the network and not on the merit of this matchup.
Rugged veteran fighters like DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley or Humberto Soto would have both been much better opponents.
This will be the first fight for Khan under the tutelage of his new trainer Virgil Hunter.
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