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Did Khan show any noticeable improvements against "Carlos Molina"?

Amir Khan: improved or not?

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I just posted this in the rbr and thought the topic probably deserves a thread of it's own.

Khan looked exactly the same to me. I didn't really notice any improvements at all to be honest. He made all the same mistakes where he just flurries with shots and leaves himself wide open. Just this time he was up against a smaller and not very good (but tough) guy. If he was against a Maidana, Peterson or Garcia (hell maybe even Prescott still) I think Khan would've lost last night.

But it was his first fight back since a big KO loss and he's only had one training camp with Virgil Hunter. So perhaps there's still time to iron out the flaws but I'm not convinced.

Unfortunately I think he'll lose badly again within the next 2 or 3 fights (unless he's kept away from the top competition which I doubt).
Do you think Amir Khan made any noticeable improvements in his win over "Carlos Molina" last night?
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Not to any great degree as far as I could tell, even if he did it'd be difficult to gauge as Molina - being tough and really making an effort aside - isn't exactly the highest quality of opponent anyways.

I think he was smarter than usual in close quarters, in previous fights if someone got inside Khan he'd tend to just square up, keep his hands high, and let his man get a few punches off before moving away. A good few times last night when Molina managed to close the gap Khan was maintaining his stance and utilised it to really smother Molina's work. He even tied him up on occasion, blimey!

Aside from seeming to have grown a tad more nous on the inside though I didn't really notice any staggering refinements or anything. Was still guilty of making a lot of the same errors, I co-sign what @Kratos said, as well as him doing what got him stopped against Garcia; letting a combination go and lingering in range without getting his hands up or maneuvering out of the danger zone before Molina could return fire.

To be fair though it's only one fight, and what with Khan having a lot of technical frailties and being a bit of a mess discipline-wise I don't think it was realistic to expect any radical change. He could've bombed Molina out and I'm sure most of us would be skeptical that it was evidence of a massive refinement. We'll see how it goes with more time I guess.
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