• Amir Khan v Carlos Molina

Hunter helps Khan rediscover his focus

ESPN staff
December 11, 2012
Amir Khan is confident he has made great strides in recent weeks © Getty Images

Amir Khan believes he has regained his focus since starting work with new trainer Virgil Hunter.

Khan, 26, dispensed with the services of former guru Freddie Roach following July's surprise knockout defeat to Danny Garcia - a loss that left the Bolton light-welterweight needing to rebuild his career.

The former Olympic medallist subsequently opted to work under American Virgil Hunter, who has helped turn Andre Ward into one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world. And Khan believes he is already reaping the benefits.

"Training with Virgil's been going really well," Khan told Sky Sports. "The gym is quiet, it's chilled, you can think about what you're doing.

"For example when I'm sitting in the gym, or warming up, I can think things through about what I want to do in the session or the sparring. I can think things through, whereas previous gyms I've trained at have been very busy with lots of people there.

"Sometimes it's a distraction because you can't really focus on what you need to focus on.

"Virgil is a great trainer. He breaks everything down and every day he reminds me what I need to do, what I need to work on and what mistakes I make which need improving on."

Khan resumes his career inside the ring this weekend against Carlos Molina, and believes he has already learned from the mistakes that cost him against Garcia.

"We've sat down and watched the Garcia fight together and we've been working on some new stuff from that, including being more patient and waiting for the right shots at the right time and not over-committing myself," he said.

"When I watch the Garcia fight, I can see that I'm like a totally different fighter. Virgil said to me when we watched it again 'now you tell me what you're doing wrong in the fight and what you'd do differently now' and so I told him.

"It shows that the sparring I've been doing and the training I'm getting is helping me. I'm a better fighter by far because I would not fight Garcia the way I did. I've changed my fighting style a lot and proves I'm doing something right.

"We're ready for this guy."

Hunter echoed his charge's comments, noting that Khan has a huge amount of natural talent.

"If he continues to go on in that direction he's on to something great I can assure you of that," Hunter said.

"I think the first thing that I wanted to do was to get an understanding of who he was and that called for a lot of observation on my part, and so this last eight weeks has been a lot of observation and not adding anything but just eliminating some things.

"And then you realise that it was already there - after getting rid of some of the clutter you realise you already had the tools in the chest."

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