Khan: Don't underestimate me

  • Last Updated: October 10 2012, 7:30 BST

British boxer Amir Khan believes fighters would be wrong to dismiss his ability as he looks to recover from consecutive defeats.

Amir Khan: Knows he needs to win

The 25-year-old will face Carlos Molina in Los Angeles on December 15 following losses to Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia and, although Khan will not under-estimate his unbeaten American opponent, knows he needs to win to silence his critics.

He said: "When the fight was put to Carlos Molina he jumped at the fight because a lot of fighters will now think Amir Khan's confidence will not be the same.

"But this is the time when I have to prove myself and I will prove myself come December 15. One thing I have never done is taken any fight lightly.

"It has not been a good year, having two defeats. I just have to come back strong and mentally I'm prepared and there aren't going to be any more mistakes.

"All unbeaten fighters are dangerous, I know he is going to be up for this fight because it is a step up for him.

"In a way it is a step up for me because coming back from a defeat I have to win this fight in good fashion."

The former WBA and IBF light-welterweight champion has split from former trainer Freddie Roach and will work with Virgil Hunter for the Molina fight.

He said: "I'm going to be training a hundred times harder than I've ever been training and this big change is going to help.

"Being a young and hungry and aggressive fighter we do make a lot of mistakes and I put my hand up, in the last couple of fights I have made mistakes and I will come back from it stronger

"When I lost my first fight to (Breidis) Prescott, the way I came back from that was making all my own decisions.

"I sat down with the team and did the same thing again - I need to be happy in a camp and I need to be the boss."

Khan did not rule out a fight against fellow Briton Ricky Hatton, now out of retirement and due to take on former WBA champion Vyacheslav Senchenko next month, but believes a world title must be on the line for that to happen.

"If Ricky and I lose these next fights of ours, there will be no point us getting it on," he said in the Daily Mail. "I have to face the fact I can't afford a third straight defeat, so beating Molina is crucial for me.

"Before that, we'll have to see how Ricky goes in his comeback fight next month. But from my point of view, if he doesn't bring a title it won't happen.

"He and I are friends and we've been to each other's houses but if we both get the job done I wouldn't be against us fighting in principle."

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