Amir Khan now realizes he was too exciting for his own good.
A boxer can only survive so many heedless brawls before his record and his health begin that inexorable decline toward retirement. Khan (26-3, 18 KOs) felt himself teetering on that downslope last July when the British 140-pound champion lost his belts to Danny Garcia in a dramatic stoppage.
''It's in my blood,'' Khan said. ''I want to have wars. I want to be in exciting fights. But why do I have to do that?''
Khan asked that question constantly for the past few months while rebuilding himself into something better. With a newfound dedication to intelligent boxing and a new trainer in his corner, Khan begins his climb back to the top on Saturday against Carlos Molina (17-0-1, 7 KOs).
Khan's loss to Garcia was the type of defeat that causes soul-searching, particularly on the heels of a decision loss to Lamont Peterson late last year. After examining the effects of fame and machismo on his style, he placed blame on hims...