Khan looks to knock out 'worst year of career' with win over Molina
Former world champion Amir Khan is looking to put 2012, which he believes has been worst year in his career, to bed with a knockout victory over Carlos Molina on Saturday.
Khan never imagined his world would fall apart so dramatically when he blew out the candles on his 25th birthday cake before his fight with Lamont Peterson a year ago.
The Bolton based boxer lost his cherished WBA and IBF light-welterweight titles to Peterson and Danny Garcia, and then split with trainer Freddie Roach during his frantic year.
Khan knows he must beat Molina in Los Angeles and hopes that after enduring the worst year of his career, the next one will be the best.
"The last 12 months have been the worst of my career because of the two defeats and losing my world titles," the Daily Mirror quoted Khan, as saying.
"My year being 25 was a very bad year for me. I have suffered over the last 12 months and I don't think I could have had a worse year," he added.
"It's all about going forward now and the change I made bringing in Virgil Hunter for Freddie shows what sort of person I am because I chose to change things. I was 26 on Saturday and it's like a new beginning for me in loads of different ways. I have a new trainer and everything is different," he said.
Khan added: "I'm the new Amir Khan and I'm going to be a smarter fighter. I can't point the finger and say why things went wrong, but what I can say is that I will bounce back stronger. I'm very excited about the next 12 months and I think they could be the best I've ever had."
Khan wants a rematch with WBA and WBC champ Garcia next and his US promoter Golden Boy has big plans for him in 2013, but for all that to happen, Khan must deliver in the ring and live up to his bold talk that he is a new fighter under Hunter.