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Bolton boxer Amir Khan unveils Virgil Hunter as new trainer and sets his sights on Carlos Molina

By Mancunian Matters staff

Bolton boxer Amir Khan has unveiled American Virgil Hunter as his new head coach, with his sights now on a return to the ring against the undefeated Carlos Molina.

Khan, who lost his WBA light-welterweight title to unfancied Danny Garcia in Las Vegas in July, has been on the hunt for a new coach since splitting with Freddie Roach earlier this month.

And with his focus now on Molina, Khan has turned to the much-respected Hunter, who was last year voted as Trainer of the Year by the Boxing Writers Association of America.

“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.”

Hunter has successfully guided the career of a number of fighters, including super-middleweight star Andre Ward, and will train Khan out of his gym in Hayward, California for the Molina clash.

He said: “Amir is an extremely talented fighter and I’m very happy to become his new trainer. 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.”

Khan will face Molina in the United States, with the date still to be decided.

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