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"He's going to feel my power": Carlos Molina issues warning to Amir Khan ahead of Saturday night showdown PDF Print E-mail

Amir Khan's claims that he is a new fighter have been laughed off by Carlos Molina.

 

Molina smiled when he heard Khan's talk that new trainer Virgil Hunter has curbed his aggressive instincts to make him more of a thinking fighter.

 

The unbeaten American believes Khan will revert to his normal open, cavalier style when he catches him for the first time.

 

"Like the great Mike Tyson says, everyone has a game plan until they get smashed in the face," laughed Molina. "And I think that's going to be the story here.

 

"I think he's going to come out and be defensive in the first part of the round, but once I put on the pressure and start landing my punches, he's going to go back to the same mode.

 

"It will be the same old Amir Khan as we have seen in his last few fights.

 

"He will get wild and that's only going to benefit me when he starts opening up. He's going to feel my power."

 

Like any Hispanic fighter, Molina, who was born in Norwalk in the rough east side of LA and who has Mexican ancestry, is as tough as the chewiest overcooked steak.

 

He says his hard upbringing in a neighbourhood blighted by gun-totting gangs shaped him and the 5ft 6ins lightweight is undaunted about stepping up to 147lbs to face Khan.

 

Molina, 27, who is 17-0-1, was back in east side LA at WBC featherweight champ Daniel Ponce de Leon's Montebello gym on Tuesday for a media work-out.

 

Although he looked slightly podgy, is giving away four inches in height to Khan and isn't known as being heavy-handed, he insists he can upset the former WBA and IBF light-welterweight champ.

 

He rejects any suggestion that he has been carefully handpicked by Khan's US promoter Golden Boy to give the Athens silver medallist the win he needs to get his career back on track.

 

"I'm not intimidated by him or what he has done," said Molina. "I've fought all kinds of fighters and not lost to any of them, so I'm not scared of him.

 

"I come from a pretty tough neighbourhood so I have seen it all. The usual stuff went on, people getting killed, and all that.

 

"There used to be street fights, but now they have been bringing in guns so there are a few gangs there now.

 

"I managed to stay out of all of that because I have a great father, Miguel. He kept us away from all of that.

 

"Coming up from 140lbs, I have put on a little muscle and I feel a lot stronger at this weight. It's only going to benefit me with those extra pounds.

 

"If it ends early, that's going to be better for me. I have seen the Garcia fight, the Petersen fight and the Maidana fight, I have seen all of those fights, so I know what to expect.

 

"Come fight night, I will be ready to go 12 hard rounds. I think Khan is fooling himself if he thinks I can't punch hard."

 

Molina was a keen striker, in the Carlos Tevez mould, before devoting himself to boxing and Khan could be in for an awkward night if he shows Carlito's tenacity.

 

He knows Saturday is his chance to shine and he is determined to win for his youngest son.

 

"We have been training extremely hard for this fight," said Molina. "We got the call in September and straight away I dropped the phone and started running. I've been training, more or less, ever since.

 

"My little kid, when I first told him I was fighting Amir Khan, told me that he knew I was going to win and said 'you're the best', so I cannot disappoint him.

 

"I know what Amir brings to the table and I'm ready. I'm determined in this fight and I'm going to come out with a victory."