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Careful Khan to test new style

Amir Khan plans to unveil a new approach when he fights Carlos Molina in Los Angeles on Saturday night.

The Briton, known for his attacking approach, says the undefeated Molina is in for a surprise.

Khan, who lost his last two fights after some defensive lapses, will get a chance to display his back-to-basics approach when he meets the 27-year-old Mexican in a non-title junior welterweight fight over 12 rounds.

"He's seen the old Amir Khan," the former WBA and WBC junior welterweight champion said recently. “But he does not know what the new one looks like or fights like.

“He might think he knows what to do, but on Saturday night he's going to see a completely new Amir Khan."

Khan says a change was necessary after his defeat to American Danny Garcia, in which he was knocked down three times en route to a fourth-round stoppage. It caused his record to drop to 26-3, with 18 knockouts.

The first step to change his approach was leaving the famed Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, where he had been working with Manny Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach, and switching to the gym of Virgil Hunter in quieter Hayward, California.

"I got to know too many people in LA. It's an amazing place, there's so much to do, but there are a lot of distractions at the same time," Khan said this week.

"It was fun, don't get me wrong, and I don't regret any of the time I spent there. But I needed to get my head down, and be somewhere a lot quieter and just focus more on boxing."

One thing in particular he wants to focus on is tightening up a porous defence that also led to a first-round knockout loss to Colombian Breidis Prescott in 2008.

"Everyone knows I'm an attacking fighter, but I want to be an all-around fighter," he said. "I have one of the best offenses in the world, but it's defensively that I'm lacking."

Khan has been one of the most exciting fighters in the game, win or lose, but he admits that, for his own sake, he needs to adjust his style.

"I have to think a bit more about myself. Sometimes you do have to be boring and just get that win.


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