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Khan to face Molina, appoints Hunter

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Light-welterweight Amir Khan has announced his next fight will be against Carlos Molina in December.

Khan has also confirmed the appointment of Virgil Hunter as his new trainer, after parting company with Freddie Roach. Hunter has turned super-middleweight Andre Ward into one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world, and Khan is hoping he can sure up his suspect defence after his most recent defeat to WBO champion Danny Garcia.

"I'm really pleased that Virgil Hunter is to become my new trainer," said Khan. "Everyone in boxing knows about his skills and the success he has enjoyed over the last few years.

"I'm looking forward to the start of my training camp and working on some new things with him. With Virgil in my corner, I know that I can get back to the very top of the light-welterweight division."

Khan will start rebuilding his career against Molina, an undefeated 26-year-old. The American - not to be confused with 29-year-old Mexican light-middleweight Carlos Amado Molina - has 17 wins from 18 professional fights, and just a single draw.

"Molina is a good fighter, who has yet to taste defeat, so I know that he will be very dangerous. He's a tricky fighter who possess a lot of natural speed. I always want to face hungry young fighters and in Molina I'm up against a guy who has ambitions of world title success," said Khan.

Hunter is looking forward to working with Khan, who may face the likes of Ricky Hatton and Kell Brook if he successfully defeats Molina, and has promised to address some deficiencies he sees in the Bolton fighter's technique.

"Amir is an extremely talented fighter and I'm very happy to become his new trainer," Hunter said. "I've seen a lot of him and he has many attributes such as his speed and heart.

"There are certain small aspects of his game that I'm intending to work on in order to help him fulfil his enormous potential."

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