AMIR KHAN hopes victory against the unfancied Carlos Molina on Saturday will earn him a shot at revenge against recent conqueror Danny Garcia.
Garcia stopped Khan in four rounds in the summer to win their light-welterweight unification clash and condemn the Englishman to his second loss in a row following his controversial defeat by Lamont Peterson.
While Khan was lackadaisical against Peterson – who was subsequently found to be using a banned substance – he was simply blitzed by Garcia in Las Vegas, leading comfortably before being caught by a sweet shot and taken apart.
The Garcia fight seriously derailed Khan’s aspirations towards mega fights and superstardom and he knows victory against unbeaten but unspectacular Californian Molina this weekend is just the start of that rebuilding process.
The 26-year-old former WBA champion takes on Molina in Los Angeles knowing he cannot afford any slipups against the rank underdog.
‘‘I need to win this fight to get back on the scene again,’’ he said.
‘‘It can put me back on a winning streak and maybe a rematch against Garcia.
Hopefully we can get that rematch and take it from there.
‘‘I’d love the rematch against Garcia because I know deep down I’m a better fighter than him. I made a mistake in that fight and I paid for that mistake.
‘‘But I know I can beat him.
I know I’m a better fighter, especially with the help of my new trainer Virgil Hunter and being based in San Francisco.
‘‘I’m a better fighter and I’ll knock Danny Garcia out.’’