With blistering speed, an astute jab and a general boxing ability that was at least one clear level above his opponent, Amir Khan (27-3-0, 19ko) shut Carlos Molina (17-1-1, 7ko) out before forcing a 10th-round corner stoppage during their fisticuffs at Sports Arena in Los Angeles on Saturday, Dec. 15.
It was a much-needed victory for the former world champion. Prior to fight night, Khan was without a win since the summer of 2011, when he keeled Zab Judah over with a shot to the buckle.
Since then, the Briton embarked on a two fight-losing streak as a decision loss to Lamont Peterson preceded a fourth-round destruction set up by Danny Garcia, a Philadelphian counter left-hooker who flicked Khan's lights-off switch three times.
A methodical retirement of erstwhile undefeated Molina interrupted that run. Molina was at various disadvantages throughout the fight, though. He had a similar wingspan but relinquished four inches in height and was in unfamiliar terrain at junior welterweight. Khan was also the house fighter.
The triumph was a mandatory requirement for Khan to push on, but Molina was never seen to be a viable candidate to stretch Amir's abysmal run to three without a win. So, for Khan to reclaim his former spot as top dog in the 140-pound division, there are still a clutch of (realistically bookable) match-ups the 26-year can take…