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Khan tells Molina 'I'm not damaged goods'

ESPN staff
December 6, 2012
'It's all in the head', Amir Khan's confidence is back © Getty Images

Amir Khan suspects that Carlos Molina sees him as a weak and psychologically damaged fighter, opinions he is aiming to ram down the throat of the American next weekend.

Khan, 25, will take on the unbeaten Molina, two years his senior, in Los Angeles on December 15 but comes into the fight on the back of two defeats in the last 12 months.

Another defeat would raise more serious questions about the Bolton fighter's career but Khan himself is in bullish mood, insisting that his coaching switch is paying dividends.

Khan is now under the watchful eye of Virgil Hunter, a trainer renowned for his defensive expertise, after splitting from Freddie Roach.

And he believes Hunter's influence has made him more a thoughtful boxer as well as a more confident one.

"Molina has probably looked at my last fight [against Danny Garcia] and believes I'm damaged goods and that my confidence is damaged after losing," Khan told the Sun. "But that's not the way it is. If I want to be the best in the world again I have to get through against Molina.

"You will see a different Amir Khan, a better Amir Khan. I'll be more focused and more thoughtful about picking the right shots at the right time."

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