Updated: Mar 24, 2014 7:57 pm
Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer has announced that deal for Amir Khan (28-3, 19 KO’s) to face Luis Collazo (35-5, 18 KO’s) has been done, He said today that the Khan-Collazo fight will be the co-feature bout just below the Mayweather-Maidana fight.
Khan will be making his debut at welterweight, the Bolton fighter has been inactive since last April where he beat veteran Julio Diaz in Sheffield with a below-par performance.
Khan will want to put on a good display as he tries to position himself for a super-fight against pound 4 pound king Floyd Mayweather, he had hoped to face the American, but Floyd chose to face Marcos Maidana instead which will be top of the bill.
Luis Collazo is coming off an impressive second-round stoppage of former WBC champion Victor Ortiz in January, Collazo is a former opponent of Ricky Hatton and Khan’s admits it won’t be an easy fight.
Khan-Collazo has the potential to be a good fight since Amir Khan has been inactive for a year and Collazo is coming off a career best win against Ortiz.
“He gave Ricky a tough fight back in 2006 and we know it’s not going to be easy,” he said. “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.”