Amir Khan Must Defeat Carlos Molina in Order to Advance His Career

Gabe Salgado@@GabeSalgado82Correspondent IIIDecember 11, 2012

Amir Khan will take part in his 30th professional fight this Saturday.
Amir Khan will take part in his 30th professional fight this Saturday.Scott Heavey/Getty Images

This Saturday, former light welterweight champion Amir Khan will enter the ring for the biggest fight of his career.

It seems obvious that the British fighter loves to challenge himself, as he will take on undefeated contender Carlos Molina.

Khan is in the midst of a losing streak, as he has lost his last two fights.

One year ago, Khan took part in a very controversial fight with Lamont Peterson.  Heading into the contest, Khan said that once he defeated Peterson, he wanted to move up to the next weight class.

I watched that fight and I, just like many writers who saw the bout, scored in favor of Amir Khan.  The judges saw the fight differently and awarded the WBA and IBF Light Welterweight titles to Peterson. Many felt that Khan was wronged and that Peterson was given the decision because the fight took place in his hometown of Washington D.C.

I definitely smelled a rat once the judges scores were announced. But regardless, in the sport of boxing a loss is a loss.

Earlier this year, Khan was set for a rematch with Peterson in Las Vegas. The fight would go on to be cancelled because Lamont Peterson failed a drug test.

In the aftermath, Khan was reinstated as the WBA title holder. He also continued to voice his desire for one more victory before moving up to welterweight.

Then, in July, he would go one-on-one with undefeated hotshot Danny Garcia. This would end up being a unification match.

Khan would once again defend his WBA title, while the vacant WBC and Ring Magazine belts were also up for grabs.  He would bring the fight to Garcia in the first round, but Garcia caught up in the second round and then completely took over in the third and fourth rounds.

In those final two rounds, Garcia would knock Khan down a total of four times.

The referee would stop the fight after the last knockdown because Khan had trouble standing on his own two feet.  Khan protested but the referee's decision is final. Khan once again lost his gold and found himself in limbo.

He would eventually fire Freddie Roach and hire Virgil Hunter as his new trainer. Hunter is the long-time trainer of WBA, WBC and Ring Magazine Super Middleweight Champion Andre Ward.

Khan now has a new found energy and is looking for redemption this Saturday night. 

Getting that redemption will not be easy. Carlos Molina is 17-0 with seven knockouts and is looking for a high-profile victory.

Defeating Khan will get him that major win, but it would also be the biggest setback of Khan's career.

The former champion has said that he wants to fight guys like Timothy Bradley, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather.

He would most likely have to move up in weight in order to get those fights. He would also need to break his losing streak.

When Amir Khan laces up his gloves on Saturday, everything will be on the line.

A victory will take the weight of the world off his shoulders, while a loss would put him back at square one.

Win or lose, I expect Khan to put up the fight of his life.