Khan to face Molina

Khan on next opponent and new coach

Last Updated: 29/09/12 1:11pm

Khan announces next opponent

Amir Khan revealed his next opponent in a world exclusive on Soccer AM.

"I want to put a good fight on and beat him convincingly. Even if it goes the distance it will be a good boxing lesson for me - and I'll give him a good boxing lesson as well. "

Amir Khan

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The Bolton fighter will look to get back to winning ways by taking on the undefeated Mexican-American Carlos Molina in December.

Announcing the news for the first time, he told Helen and Max: "My next fight will be on either 1 December or 15 December, fighting Carlos Molina, who's an undefeated fighter from America.

"He's 17-0 with one draw. We could have picked an easy fight but we're going to go straight back up there again and fight the tough fights, hopefully get a win and eventually bring those titles back to Britain.

"We're still in talks about where the fight's going to be. I'd like to fight in Britain - I've got a great UK fan base and I'd like to bring the fight over here for them. But by next week I'll hopefully know where the fight will be.

"I want to put a good fight on and beat him convincingly. Even if it goes the distance it will be a good boxing lesson for me - and I'll give him a good boxing lesson as well.

"Any undefeated fighter is a good fighter. He's knocked about ten of those 17 out so he's strong. I could have taken easy routes from my last fight but I want to step in with the big boys. It will be a tough test. But it's a fight I need to win and look good against Carlos.

"Training starts next week and then I'll be training in San Francisco for about nine weeks from next week."

New trainer

The fight will be Khan's first return to the ring since he lost his WBA light-welterweight belt to Danny Garcia in July. Following that defeat Khan split from trainer Freddie Roach and - in another Soccer AM exclusive - spoke for the first time about his new coach Virgil Hunter.

"I've been working with Freddie Roach for such a long time and there were a few things I wasn't happy about but it's a bit of a change really," he said.

"Freddie's a great trainer and I've got a lot of respect for him but I wanted to move onto someone new and work on different things, such as my defence. I spoke to him over the phone and he was fine with it and said I was welcome to use his gym whenever I was in Los Angeles.

"Virgil Hunter is a good trainer. I like the way he trains his fighters and also he's got so much time on his hands and will be spending 100% of his time with me. He also coaches Andre Ward who defensively and offensively is one of the best in the world."