Amir Khan finished this year with a convincing win over Carlos Molina and is aiming to have a much improved 2013.
The last twelve months haven’t been easy for Khan; after losing his WBA light-welterweight title to Danny Garcia, people questioned if he should continue boxing. But under new trainer Virgil Hunter, the Bolton fighter got his career back on track with a convincing win over previously unbeaten Molina.
Khan boxed cleverly using his impressive speed and accurate jab to eventually win by stoppage and is now hoping to have similar success in 2013. The fight he craves is a rematch with Garcia. The Philadelphian shocked the world world with his fourth round stoppage and Khan is desperate for revenge. Despite being floored three times by Garcia, Khan is already confident he can beat the American.
He said: “I was beating him [Garcia] convincingly and then got caught with a shot - I think I was beating him more easily for the first two rounds than I was Molina.
“I believe in myself in that fight. I got caught by a shot I shouldn’t have. Maybe I was too confident, thinking I was untouchable and that no one could hurt me.
“My new trainer is going to help me a lot and I can already see a change in my style.
“We are not going to make these mistakes again and we are not going to be giving opponents a chance now.”
But with Garcia facing Zab Judah in February, Khan will look for another fight before seeking revenge. Khan is likely to fight again in April, giving him time to work on his new style with trainer Hunter. A possible opponent could be Lamont Peterson, another loss Khan would like to put right.
Unfortunately, one fight that isn’t likely to happen next year is the domestic clash between Khan and rival Kell Brook. With both of Khan’s fights next year coming in the 140lb division it does, sadly, put back a fight with Brook as Khan would want a few fights at the higher weight level before this clash.
Whoever he fights in 2013, it is certainly a make or break year for him, as another bad loss at world level could mean the end of the road for Amir Khan.