Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Make or Break as Khan Fights Back ; Former Champion Is Ready to Step Back into the Ring after 'Worst' Year of His Life with Californian Molina Ready and Waiting on His Home Turf

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Make or Break as Khan Fights Back ; Former Champion Is Ready to Step Back into the Ring after 'Worst' Year of His Life with Californian Molina Ready and Waiting on His Home Turf

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AMIR Khan admits the last 12 months have been the worst year of his life as he aims to end a catastrophic run by beating Carlos Molina in a 'make or break' fight tonight.

The Bolton light-welterweight faces unbeaten Molina at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena knowing it is win or bust following two devastating defeats in a row.

Khan (26-3, 18KOs) lost a controversial decision to Lamont Peterson in Washington a year ago before being stunned by Danny Garcia in a fourth-round stoppage on his next appearance.

Meanwhile, the former two-time world champion has endured various problems outside of the ring which have surely added to the strain.

Now he faces untested Molina, acutely aware that another shock defeat will send him crashing out of the world title picture and perhaps end his career as an elite-level fighter.

"It's a make or break fight for me because I have to win it if I want to move on to bigger and better things," he said on the eve of the fight.

"This year has probably been the worst of my life, losing my WBA world title, having those two defeats and things that happened.

"It's been tough. It's just about regrouping and redeeming myself.

'It's one of the biggest fights of my life' after everything that's happened. Every fight is a big fight for me but this is one that I'm taking very seriously because, the way I see it, it's a make or break fight. I need to win this fight to get back on the scene again. 'It's of the biggest fights my "It can put me back on a winning streak and maybe a rematch against Garcia."

Khan, 26, bristles at suggestions he would be staring at retirement should he lose against unfancied Molina (17-0-1, 7KOs). But he concedes yet another defeat would have catastrophic repercussions. "It would be tough," he said. "It would be very tough. If I get beaten it would put me back to European level. …

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