Collazo turns attention to Khan
March, 5, 2014
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com
Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY SportsLuis Collazo wants a showdown with former junior welterweight titlist Amir Khan.
Immediately after Luis Collazo knocked out fellow former welterweight titlist Victor Ortiz on Jan. 30 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., he immediately called out for the biggest fight any welterweight could ask for -- a showdown with champion and pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Collazo probably knew it was unlikely for his next fight, but you can’t blame him for trying. Then his promoter, Golden Boy’s Richard Schaefer, voiced interest in matching Collazo with interim titlist Keith Thurman (22-0, 20 KOs), which would certainly be a good fight.
Collazo (35-5, 18 KOs), however, has another idea. With Mayweather set to fight titleholder Marcos Maidana on May 3, Collazo has turned his attention to a new target -- former junior welterweight titlist Amir Khan (28-3, 19 KOs) of England, the long-rumored Mayweather opponent until he got dumped in favor of Maidana.
"I definitely proved that I should be considered part of the top tier of the welterweight division when I beat Victor Ortiz," said Collazo, who recently signed with powerful adviser Al Haymon. “Another name that has been a part of that conversation for a long time is Amir Khan and I know that a fight against him would be huge for both of us and huge for the fans.
“Khan wants a shot at Floyd Mayweather and so do I. It could be a sort of welterweight playoff that would get the boxing world talking. And mark my words, I will knock Khan out like I did against Ortiz."
A potential Khan-Collazo fight would not be out of the question to take place on Mayweather’s May 3 undercard.