“He is very skillful but he is beatable. I can win this fight but I need to win convincingly.” – Amir Khan
Amir Khan vs. Carlos Molina, Saturday, Dec. 15
From The Los Angeles Sports Arena, Live on SHOWTIME®
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LONDON (Oct. 10, 2012) – On Tuesday, at the five-star The May Fair Hotel on Berkeley Street in Central London, former Unified Super Lightweight World ChampionAmir Khan, Richard Schaefer, Stephen Espinoza and Asif Vali met with the top British and European sports media to formally announce the upcoming showdown between Khan and undefeated Carlos Molina on Saturday, Dec. 15 at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, live on SHOWTIME.
Khan vs. Molina is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Khan Promotions and sponsored by Corona. The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast begins live at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) with preliminary fights live on SHOWTIME EXTREME®.
The former Unified Super Lightweight World Champion, British superstar Amir “King” Khan (26-3, 18 KO’s) is ready to bounce back under the guidance of new trainer Virgil Hunter following a controversial defeat to Lamont Peterson last December and an upset loss to Danny Garcia this past July. The 25-year-old Bolton, England native won a Silver Medal in the 2004 Olympics and owns wins over Marco “El Chino” Maidana,Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi, Zab “Super” Judah and Marco Antonio “Baby Faced Assassin” Barrera.
Former National Amateur Champion Carlos Molina (17-0-1, 7 KO’s) has passed all his tests to date but faces his toughest test in Khan. After debuting in 2007, the talented 26-year-old from Norwalk, California has showed skill, patience and poise in the ring while defeating Manuel Leyva, Glenn Gonzales and Marcos Jimenez.
, Former Unified Super Lightweight World Champion
“My main style was to be a boxer using my brain. But when you start to win so comfortably, you can forget the meaning of being a boxer. You can get drawn into ‘fights’. What Virgil and I spoke about is going back to boxing, smart boxing. I think that is what Virgil Hunter has to teach me, to stick to a game plan. At times in the past, you go out there and I see ‘red’ and go all-out, forgetting the game plan. I think Virgil will get me to use all of my speed, ability and skill at the right times.”
RICHARD SCHAEFER, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions
Clemente Medina, the very talented trainer, and Frank Espinoza
“We at Golden Boy Promotions are very proud of our relationship with Amir, his family, Asif and the rest of Khan Promotions. This is the next chapter in the career of Amir Khan. He has a new beginning on December 15 at 140 pounds and eventually, we expect, at 147. It is time to look forward and Amir is ready. He is taking Carlos Molina very seriously.”
, Executive Vice President & General Manager of SHOWTIME Sports
“There are a number of fighters making their SHOWTIME debut this year and others returning after several years away from our network, among them are the biggest names in the sport today – Victor Ortiz, Canelo Alvarez, Miguel Cotto
Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao
“When we came back from Las Vegas (following the Danny Garcia
“So, he has rededicated himself and he is ready to reclaim a World Championship. And I, along with his team, who are a very loyal and close knit group, have every faith in this champion that he will rise again.”
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