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'Smarter' Khan ready for Molina battle

ESPN staff
December 5, 2012
Amir Khan needs to bounce back from his loss to Danny Garcia © PA Photos

Amir Khan claims he will step in to the ring against Carlos Molina a far smarter fighter than when he was working with Freddie Roach.

Defeats to Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia prompted Khan to split with Roach and enlist the services of Virgil Hunter. He claims the camp has been superb for his fight with Molina next month, saying they have worked on making him a tougher prospect to hit.

Khan claims the excitement he brings to the ring has not been diminished, but the focus has been on making him a more polished fighter.

"I think you will see a different style, a more smart, careful style," Khan told Fight Hype. "In the past, we got too excited at times and tried to go in knocking the opponent out. I think this time, we're going to be more smarter, more wiser, we're going to pick the right shots, and we're going to show people what we've learned in the gym being with Virgil. So that's what they're going to see."

Khan feels making the move to work with Hunter will enable him to get back to the top of the sport.

He said: "I think with Virgil, I think he can take me to that next level now. I'm becoming a better defensive fighter and a more smart fighter. We have changed. You will see a change in my style and, you know, the way I fight. Don't get me wrong, we're still explosive and exciting to watch, but more smarter and more wiser.

"I have speed, I have power, I have great footwork and movement. If you look at my last couple of fights, I've not been using them. I've just been going in there and having wars with people when I don't need to."

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