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Khan: Hatton not on my radar right now

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Amir Khan insists he would not think twice about accepting a fight with Ricky Hatton, but admits his fellow Brit is not currently walking his path.

Khan confirmed on Thursday the date of his bout with Carlos Molina, with December 15 in Los Angeles earmarked for his return. His last outing ended in a stoppage defeat to Danny Garcia.

Should Khan beat Molina, in addition to Hatton making a successful comeback against Vyacheslav Senchenko, talk will grow about a lucrative all-British battle between the pair. But for now, Khan points out that Hatton is not even in his weight class.

"It's a realistic fight, it's a fight the public wants to see, and Ricky wants it also," Khan told Sky Sports News. "We're good friends, it could happen in the future.

"But right now Ricky is not on my radar, I've got the 140lb division to clear up first before I go up to 147. If it makes financial sense, I will take the fight.

"For now, I fight Carlos Molina on December 15 in Los Angeles, I would have loved to fight Garcia for the rematch but he wouldn't take the fight."

Khan has recently switched coaches, moving from Freddie Roach's camp to Virgil Hunter. The decision has sparked a mild verbal back-and-forth between Khan and Roach, and Khan explained that the lack of defensive training was the reason for his switch.

"It's a big change, Virgil's a great trainer. Virgil works with Andre Ward - who isn't that different to me - but the thing is, Virgil has worked on Andre's defence," Khan said.

"I've got great offence but I've never had the training to work on defence. I've always had poor defence. Virgil can work on the mistakes I make. There are a lot of improvements to be made.

"Freddie, I spoke to him when I left. He was OK about it. He had too much on his plate, and with Parkinson's disease, it's not good for him to have too many fighters.

"We kept doing the same things in the gym. Maybe that's why other fighters knew what Amir Khan was going to do. That's why I think a change will make a big difference."

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