After hitting a wall with former trainer Freddie Roach losing two fights in a row, former unified 140-pound champion Amir Khan had to make a change to save his career.
Khan did just that, switching from Roach over to 2011 Trainer of the Year Virgil Hunter, and the results showed in Khan's dominating Round 10 TKO of Carlos Molina Saturday night.
Though blessed with speed and KO power, Khan sometimes would get too anxious in the ring throwing wildly, leaving himself open for counter shots, like the one the ended up in a knockout loss to Danny Garcia this past July.
Against Molina, Khan showed that he has become more of a patient fighter, getting in landing his combinations then wisely getting out to avoid any big counter shots.
Early in the fight, Khan (27-3, 19 KOs) seemed like he was going to go down the same path of leaving himself open to a counter right hook, as Molina (17-1, 7 KOs) landed a few in the opening rounds.
Luckily for Khan, Molina is not known for his power, so he was able to take the shots and correct the mistake in the fight before it could cause him any trouble in this crucial bout.
As Khan keeps on training with Hunter, his old tendencies should be a thing of the past, as the best way to correct a problem in the ring is repetition.
Now with Khan back on the winning side of things with a big TKO over Molina, he can now look forward to a rematch with Garcia (25-0, 16 KOs). In their first fight, Khan was beating Garcia early on, but when he left himself open for the huge counter right in Round 3, the fight was changed by a huge right that Khan called a lucky shot.
Should Garcia get by Zab Judah—a fighter Khan already knocked out in 2011—on February 9, 2013—which is no guarantee—then a second bout with Khan should happen sometime in the summer of 2013.
If Khan fights like he did against Molina, then he will have a big chance to get revenge on Garcia and sit atop the 140-pound division once again and possibly set his sights on moving up to the 147-pound division shortly after.