Khan to fight Luis Collazo on Mayweather undercard

24/03/2014 17:16

Amir Khan will fight American Luis Collazo on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather's bout with Marcos Maidana on 3 May.

It will be his first fight since Khan struggled to a points victory against the veteran Julio Diaz in Sheffield last April.

Khan will be making his debut at welterweight against 32-year-old Collazo and will hope victory will propel him closer to what would be a lucrative showdown with Mayweather.

The Bolton star had hoped to take on Mayweather only for the American superstar to choose Maidana.

Collazo, who is  a former opponent of Ricky Hatton, will go into the fight with a record of 35 fights and five defeats and is on a four-fight winning streak, including a second-round stoppage of the former WBC champion Victor Ortiz in January.

Hatton also made his welterweight debut against Collazo in Boston in May 2006, when the Manchester fighter was fortunate to escape with a unanimous decision win.

"He gave Ricky a tough fight back in 2006 and we know it's not going to be easy," said Khan. "He's had a good win in his last fight so he's going to be confident and come to fight.

"It's going to be my first fight at 147lb so he's going to come at me with everything. We are going to be ready for this and we've been waiting a long time.

"I've had a long break, but I've been in the gym and working on mistakes I've made, getting strong and taking time to relax and not think about the boxing side of it.

"I've been working non-stop though, having some great sparring sessions that will hopefully keep off the ring-rust so I'm going to come in there and give it 100 percent.

"The fight with Mayweather will happen in the future, but I'm just going to concentrate on one style which is Collazo's.

"I'll probably be at ringside for Mayweather's fight against Maidana and will call him out again in the press conference so we'll have to see what happens.

"I think he wants the fight and there's a lot of public demand for it. There's not a lot of fights out there for him so if he wants to have another three fights in his career I have to be one of them."