By Paul Webb
Amir Khan will have his name on the same poster as Floyd Mayweather on May 3rd in Vegas but their names will not be separated by a vs, instead he will fight as chief support against the experienced Luis Collazo.
ESPN reporter Dan Rafael broke the story this afternoon after receiving confirmation from Golden Boy head Richard Schaefer. It brings some what of a close to a very messy 12 months for Khan who rejected a world title bout with Devon Alexander and instead pursued an unsuccessful fight with the sports biggest money maker Floyd Mayweather.
It seemed as though he had the fight in the bag but after much public and press criticism the opportunity slipped away to a man he beat in 2010 Marcos Maidana. Khan took this very personally and vented on Twitter his frustration and anger at the Mayweather camp.
In failing to tie down this fight he was left with an empty schedule and several potential opponents names have been thrown around including Robert Guerrero, Victor Ortiz and for me the most interesting choice Luis Collazo.
The 32 year old New Yorker will be familiar to fans in the UK as he lost a close decision to Ricky Hatton back in 2006, loses to Shane Mosley and Freddy Hernandez stalled his career but he has looked great recently winning four in a row including a second round knockout of Victor Ortiz.
He is a big welterweight with a tricky southpaw style and will provide a very difficult challenge for Khan and trainer Virgil Hunter to work out a game plan. Collazo has stopped 18 fights inside the distance and it’s no secret Khan struggles to handle big punchers but if he is to be a success at this weight class he will need to cope with Collazo and has the knowledge that a good performance could seal a fight with Floyd for September.
It’s a real hard fight to call and is what I always look for in a PPV undercard and that is interesting match ups with exciting fighters. Roll on May 3rd.