Khan vows to learn from past mistakes
Amir Khan has vowed to reinvent himself as "a totally different fighter" when he aims to bounce back from two successive defeats this weekend.
The Bolton light-welterweight is under intense pressure to beat Carlos Molina in Los Angeles on Saturday after a miserable 12 months. A year ago he controversially lost his WBA title to Lamont Peterson, only to be subsequently reinstated when it emerged the American had been using synthetic testosterone, however, he also lost his next fight - stopped by Danny Garcia in July.
Khan, who following the Garcia defeat made the tough decision to leave renowned trainer Freddie Roach and join forces with another Californian, Virgil Hunter, said: "Training with Virgil's been going really well. The gym is quiet, it's chilled, you can think about what you're doing."
He added: "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 was in control against Garcia before leaving himself exposed and being taken apart by the Philadelphian's power shots. The 2004 Olympic silver medallist insists he will use that experience, combined with Hunter's input, to right those wrongs.
"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."
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