Amir Khan to Face Lightweight Carlos Molina Next?Written by Lee Cleveland
According to reports, former jr welterweight champion Amir Khan (26-3, 18 KO) will likely face Carlos Molina on December 15th.
After losing his last two bouts against Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia, Amir Khan, who recently announced Virgil Hunter as his new trainer, hopes to get back to his winning ways.
No, unfortunately its not the awkward, crafty Carlos Molina who gave James Kirkland, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr and Erislandy Lara all kinds of trouble.
The near 27 year old Carlos Molina who's being rumored as Amir Khan's next opponent is a 5'6"/168cm lightweight who is 17-0-1 with seven knockouts but has yet to face a 'name' opponent and is ranked No. 70 by BoxRec in the lightweight division.
Khan vs Molina, if confirmed, will be contested at jr welterweight or welterweight. But regardless of which it is, Amir Khan will have a height advantage of 4 inches/10.16 cm as well as a significant reach advantage.
Khan told Dailystar.co.uk:
"We're still in talks about where it will be. It's where it will make most financial sense but I want it to be in Britain for my British fan base."
And according to Steve Kim, the bout will be aired in the United States on Showtime.
Why Carlos Molina?
Having lost his last two fights, including being knocked out in his most recent outing, Amir Khan needs an easy comeback opponent. As a result, he will likely get back on the winning track and build his confidence courtesy of an unbeaten upstart. And just as important, his new trainer will be able to gage Khan's progress without taking a high risk.
In boxing, its common for a young star to seek such a bout on the heels of two consecutive defeats... Especially if he's just hired a new trainer to boot. Hill will teach Khan a new or modified style and it would be unwise to immediately measure Khan's proficiency using that new style against fighters like Lucas Matthysse and Humberto Soto.
Even if there are chinks or bugs in Khan's newly-honed arsenal on December 15th, he's likely to get the job done against Molina. After all, in addition to being larger than his presumed foe, Amir Khan will have an sizeable edge in experience and will likely be the quicker and more powerful of the two fighters.
If Amir Khan is dynamic against Molina, potential bouts against the likes of Tim Bradley, Ricky Hatton and Devon Alexander may be on the horizon in 2013. But if Khan wins in unspectacular fashion, his ascent to the top may be slower as he'll likely face a fighter like Mike Dallas Jr (19-2-1, 8 KO) or former champ DeMarcus Corley (39-4-1, 23 KO) next.
For Molina, the sizzles for facing Amir Khan are pretty simple. He'll earn his largest purse to date and get a chance to fight on Showtime and prove his mettle in front of a large viewing audience. Even if he loses, a strong showing would undoubtedly bolster his career. And he manages to upset Khan, his market value will skyrocket.
Promising American heavyweight Deontay Wilder, a 2008 U.S Olympic heavyweight Bronze medalist, might be on the same card as Khan vs Molina. RingTV reported that Wilder's next bout would be on December 15th also and broadcast on Showtime.
Carlos Molina (the lightweight) Facts
Record: 17-0-1, 7 KO
Age: 26 (will be 27 in Nov)
Nationality: US American
Hometown: Rosemead, California, USA
Height: 5′ 6″ / 168cm
Promoter: Golden Boy Promotions
Most recent bout: June 16, UD 10 over Marcos Leonardo Jimenez (then 18-3)
Last 5 bouts: 4-0-1, 0 KO
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A gym rat in the 1990s, Lee was trained by 1976 Olympic Silver Medalist Charles Mooney and several retired seasoned pros. He was also a sparring partner for former WBA Super Middleweight Champion Steve Little who upset Michael Nunn for the WBA Super Middleweight Title in '94.
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