Khan (26-3, 18 KOs), a Pakistani-British boxer who at 17 became the youngest Englishman to win an Olympic medal when he captured silver as a lightweight at the 2004 games in Greece, relinquished his WBA world light welterweight belt in July by suffering a brutal fourth round TKO loss to WBC light welterweight champion “Swift” Danny Garcia at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
After being overwhelmed by Garcia (24-0, 15 KOs), “King Khan,” who hasn’t left the squared circle victorious since flooring Zab Judah in July 2011, decided to stop working with Boxing Hall of Famer Freddie Roach and instead hired Hunter.
“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,” said Khan, 25, who, along with his younger brother, Haroon, successfully managed to fight off armed thugs trying to steal his expensive Range Rover this past October in Birmingham, England. “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.”
Khan had teamed with Roach since 2008 and became one of the most youthful British world champs ever at the age of 22.
“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. We’re ready for this guy (Molina).”
Hunter, who has helped Andre Ward mature into one of the preeminent pound-for-pound boxers today, raved about Khan’s natural gifts.
“If he continues to go on in that direction, he’s on to something great I can assure you of that,” said Hunter, the reigning Boxing Writers Association of America trainer of the year. “You realize that it was already there – after getting rid of some of the clutter you realize you already had the tools in the chest.”
Unfortunately for the battered bloke, who claimed that Roach’s struggle with Parkinson’s disease hindered their training, “The Choir Boy” was not the issue.
Khan again proved to be an extremely vulnerable pugilist this summer in “Sin City” and there was nothing that Freddie Roach or Virgil Hunter could have done to mask the Brit’s flatly mediocre skills.
Following the human chandelier’s triumph this weekend, Amir Khan will continue to disappoint his legion of supporters.by