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Khan trainer: His chin's fine, just needs to calm down

ESPN staff
October 31, 2012
Amir Khan looking to get back on track

Former world champion Amir Khan has claimed the recent damage to his career will be forgotten if he beats Carlos Molina on December 15.

Khan will be making his first appearance since his second defeat on the bounce, a fourth-round stoppage loss to Danny Garcia during July.

Prior to the bout against Lamont Peterson last year, in which Khan was outpointed, he was talked about as a potential opponent for Floyd Mayweather Jr.

That clash looks a long way off now - but Khan feels that could all change if he impresses against the unbeaten Molina.

"We know we have to win the fight, not only win it but win it in good style," Khan said. "I want to be back up there. I want a good win. I aim to win this fight to be back where I want to be."

Since the defeat to Garcia, Khan has split from trainer Freddie Roach and started working with Virgil Hunter, who looks after Andre Ward, the king of the super-middleweight division.

Khan's chin has been seen as a weakness down the years, but Hunter feels his bigger problem is his tendency to panic when hurt.

"He has to temper his approach," Hunter said. "He's a little ahead of himself, he has to learn how to harness his speed."

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