Time for redemption as Khan takes on Molina

Updated: December 12, 2012

Amir Khan faces a date of redemption this weekend as he looks to rebuild his shattered career against Carlos Molina this weekend in Los Angeles. Khan has endured a torrid 12 months which has seen him fall from one of the top ranked light welterweights, although some sympathy must be spared for the man from Bolton.

His fall from grace began 12 months ago in Washington when he lost his IBF and WBA light welterweight titles, under a cloud of controversy one might add, to Lamont Pieterson on points over 12 rounds in one of the fights of the year. Even Michael Budffer the ring announcer for the fight had been given the nod that Khan had shaded it only for the decision to go in favour of the home time Pieterson.

A rematch was eventually granted which never ended up going ahead due to a failed drugs test by Pieterson, barely days before the fight. As a result Khan had is WBA belt reinstated.

Danny Garcia stepped up in July and took his WBA belt off him in a sensational 4th round knockout which stunned the Khan camp and the world of boxing. Khan had been in control of the fight but for a second that Garcia caught him flush with a wild left that he simply never recovered from.

Wholesale changes subsequently occurred as he parted company with trainer Freddie Roach and after careful consideration in came Virgil Hunter, long time trainer of Andre Ward the undefeated WBA and WBC super middleweight champion.

At 26 the best years are very much still ahead of Khan, and their is time for him to fulfill his promise however it must begin this weekend, and in convincing fashion if he is to reestablish his credibility.

The former Olympic Games silver medallist is a talented fighter but there have been doubt about his ability to take a really good punch. He has, however, won against respected fighters such as Marco Antonio Barrera, Paulie Malignaggi, Andriy Kotelnik, Marcos Maidana and Zab Judah.

The 27-year-old Molina has not fought at the same level as Khan but has a record of 17-0-1, including 7 knockouts. Khan’s stands at 26-3, with 18 short-cut wins.

Molina has beaten Manuel Leyva, Angino Perez and Marcos Leonardo Jiminez, all on points, since graduating to ten-rounders. He won the WBO intercontinental lightweight title when he beat Jiminez.