Amir Khan (27-3-0, 19 KOs) secured his first win since his July 2011 knockout victory against Zab Judah, handing Carlos Molina (17-1-1, 7 KOs) his first loss as a professional boxer on Dec. 15, at the Memorial Sports Arena in Los Angeles, Calif.
With the win, Khan secured the vacant WBC silver light-welterweight title.
It was Khan’s first outing under the tutelage of Virgil Hunter, and the Brit made his new trainer proud, outclassing Molina throughout their encounter until referee Jack Reiss decided to stop the contest after the 10th round.
Amir Khan established his jab in the opening round, and he used it to set up fast combinations. He opened up a cut on Molina early in the first round, and he consistently added hard shots on the Californian who had multiple visits from the ring-side doctor before the fight was finally stopped.
However, Khan looked like his old self at times during the fight, getting careless with his defense. Molina was able to land some clean shots, and things could have gone differently if he had a bit more bang with his punches.
Fortunately for Amir Khan, he absorbed Molina’s shots well, and he continued working the 27 year-old over with crisp combinations.
I scored every single round in Khan’s favor.
After the fight, Khan seemed pleased with his performance, calling out Danny Garcia — who knocked him out during his last outing — during his post-fight interview with Jim Gray.
“If I was fighting Danny Garcia today, I would have knocked him out, and that’s the honest truth” Khan said. “He was lucky, he caught me with a good shot and it was over. But you know what; I’m ready to fight Danny Garcia, anytime, anywhere, anyplace.”
A win against a prospect like Molina — who most boxing fans expected him to defeat — won’t exactly push Khan back to the top of the light-welterweight division, but it will give the Brit a morale boost which he clearly needs after losing consecutive bouts to Lamont Peterson and Garcia.