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Khan getting back to basics

Salisbury Journal: Amir Khan, pictured, will face Carlos Molina in December Amir Khan, pictured, will face Carlos Molina in December

British boxer Amir Khan is looking to return to basics under new trainer Virgil Hunter ahead of his first fight since splitting from Freddie Roach.

Khan, who will meet Carlos Molina in Los Angeles on December 15, severed his ties with Roach following back-to-back defeats and will now be aiming to return to winning ways against the unbeaten American.

"The reason I had to change trainer is because when you are always winning a fight you never look at the bad points, but when you lose a fight you sit down with your team and you go through the whole camp and where you think you went wrong," he said. "Freddie is a great trainer but I wasn't getting everything I wanted."

He added: "Freddie is a very busy guy and one of the best trainers in the world, I personally was the one who called Freddie on the phone and told him I would no longer be training with him."

The 25-year-old also confirmed he had spoken to several trainers, including Floyd Mayweather Snr, but was comfortable with Hunter and felt he was the right man to progress his career.

"I spoke to Virgil and the first thing I said to him was that you have Andre Ward and I hope you are not going to be busy like Freddie was with Manny Pacquiao and I do get 100 per cent of your time," he said.

"He made it clear he is going to be with me 100 per cent and whenever I need him he is going to be there - he wants a fighter/trainer relationship where we speak together and get on well together."

Following defeats to Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia, Khan is all too aware that he is far from the finished article inside the ring and is ready to utilise the knowledge of his new coach.

He said: "I'm still not 100 per cent, I've still got room for improvement and it is maybe going back to the basics and looking at where I make mistakes and improving them.

"I'm an offensive fighter and I need my trainer to teach me the defensive part of training whilst at the same time remaining as offensively good. So that is what we are going to be working on, we know exactly what we have to do. We have never really had a defence if you think about it."

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