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Amir Khan to make welterweight debut against Luis Collazo
Amir Khan is approaching the biggest fight of his career (believe it, or not) this Saturday when he challenges Luis Collazo to a 12-round welterweight showdown. The bout will be seen world-wide as part of “THE MOMMENT: Mayweather vs. Maidana” SHOWTIME Pay-Per-View event live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV.
“I’m looking forward to the big fight against Luis Collazo,” Khan said. “It’s my first fight at 147. I’m excited, I really believe that I belong in the welterweight division; it’s going to be my division for my future career.”
The opportunity to fight Collazo is tremendous because, this is Khan’s chance to prove that he deserves a shot at Mayweather. Khan has to show the world that he has the speed, the athleticism, and the skills to justify the opportunity to share the ring with Mayweather. Initially Khan was reportedly offered the fight months ago, but a lot of people weren’t really excited about a Mayweather-Khan fight. Many people felt didn’t do anything to warrant Mayweather fighting him.
Khan hasn’t even fought 147, but he was negotiating for a fight with Floyd. At least Robert Guerrero, prior to moving up two weight divisions from 135 to 147, defeated two solid punchers in Selcuk Aydin and former world titlist Andre Berto before he fought Floyd.
Since losing consecutive fights to Danny Garcia and Lamont Peterson in 2012, Khan posted two victories against Carlos Molina, Julio Diaz, and hasn’t fought since April 2013.
“I really believe that I needed a long break off, and taking that time off sometimes makes you metaphysically and mentally a better fighter,” Khan said. “I expect time will tell; we’ll see how much I’ve become a better fighter on the night of the fight.”
Khan has been working extensively with Virgil Hunter, the trainer and godfather of world super middleweight champion Andre Ward. Khan has worked with Hunter both here in the United States and in the United Kingdom. In order to assess whether Khan has returned to form prior to his shocking KO loss to undefeated, unified WBC/WBA junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia (2012) and IBF 140-pound titlist Lamont Peterson in (2011).
“We’ve been working on just being patient, being smart, using the feet and the hands at the right time, using the defense and the offense at the right time, and my trainer Virgil Hunter has been changing me up. He’s making me understand the sport of boxing,” Khan added.
Khan is excited to prove himself against Collazo, a former WBA 140-pound titlist. Collazo has fought Sugar Shane Mosley, Ricky Hatton, and Andre Berto.
“This is a tough sport when you go into the ring with the likes of these tough guys like Collazo, and the fighters that you’re going to be facing, you have to be 100 percent ready,” Khan said. “So I really believe I’ll be a better fighter at 147, I’ll be stronger, and I’ll keep a lot of my energy and strength and power in the shots. Collazo’s a one-of-a-kind fighter. He has his own style. I respect the way he fights and he always causes big problems to his opponents, and he does really well in the ring. I’m not going to compare him to any opponent I’ve faced before.”
Collazo is coming off the biggest victory of his career, an amazing second-round knockout of former world champion Victor Ortiz.
Khan on Collazo’s knockout of Ortiz stated: “It shows that he’s got power, he’s got speed, [and] he’s got great movement. This is going to be a good fight. It’s going to be a tough fight. We’re going to be up against a tough Collazo; even the fights he’s lost, Collazo’s been very, very close.”
“THE MOMENT: Mayweather vs. Maidana,” is a 12-round world championship unification bout for Mayweather and Maidana’s respective 147-pound titles. This is the third fight of Mayweather’s lucrative multi-fight deal with Showtime Networks Inc. In the co-main event, Amir Khan faces Luis Collazo in a 12-round bout. In addition to Broner-Molina, the show will also feature a 10-round super middleweight bout featuring J’Leon Love vs. Marco Antonio Periban. The event will be produced and distributed live by SHOWTIME PPV (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT).
Tickets for the live event priced at $1,500, $1,000 and $750 are still available, not including applicable service charges and taxes. Tickets priced at $550 and $350 are sold out.
GOLDEN BOY PRESS RELEASE: ISHE SMITH VS. RYAN DAVIS FIGHT CARD FROM THE JOINT AT HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO IN LAS VEGAS
The state of Ohio will be well-represented on Friday, May 2, when Cincinnati’s Rau’shee Warren, Jamel Herring and Javonte Clark, Toledo’s Robert Easter Jr. and Cleveland’s Raynell Williams make the trip to Sin City to The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas as undercard bouts leading up to an exciting tripleheader featuring some of boxing’s best.
In the 10 round super welterweight main event, former World Champion Ishe “Sugar Shay” Smith faces tough Illinois contender Ryan “Dangerous” Davis. Also in action on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes will be rising lightweight star Mickey “The Spirit” Bey who will meet hard-hitting Mexican veteran Alan “Explosivo” Herrera in a 10-round matchup and in the televised opener, Argentina’s Jesus Cuellar squares off with former World Champion Rico Ramos in a 12-round bout for Cuellar’s WBA Interim Featherweight World Title.
Three-time United States Olympian Rau’shee Warren (10-0, 3 KOs) has been dazzling in his professional career, using speed, technique and ring savvy to leave his opponents unable to mount any offense against him. After five consecutive shutout wins, the 27-year-old bantamweight will engage in his first 10-round bout on May 2 when he faces Durango, Mexico’s Martin Alvarado (7-2, 6 KOs), a hard-hitting competitor eager to score the upset win.
Owner of four first-round knockouts, Robert Easter Jr. (9-0, 8 KOs) showed off his ability to go the distance in his last fight on January 25 when he shut out veteran contender Daniel Attah over eight rounds. The 23-year-old will return to Las Vegas on May 2 in an eight-round lightweight bout against Carlos Cardenas (20-7-1 13 KOs)of Barinas, Venezuela.
In an eight-round lightweight matchup, Warren’s 2012 Olympic teammate Jamel Herring (7-0, 4 KOs) returns to action for his second bout of 2014 when he meets Peten, Guatemala native Rogelio Cazarez (6-1, 3 KOs). The 28-year-old Herring is coming off of back-to-back victories over Lance Williams and Antonio Sanchez and he expects to add another win to his record against the 23-year-old Cazarez, who is riding a four-fight winning streak.
Rounding out this stellar card will be two four-round bouts will be Cleveland lightweight Raynell Williams (3-0, 3 KOs) faces Joshua Arocho (3-8-4, 2 KOs) of Vineland, New Jersey and Cincinnati welterweight Javonte Clark (1-0, 1 KO) takes on Mexicali’s Miguel Rico (2-5-1).
Smith vs. Davis, a 10-round super welterweight bout, is presented by Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions and is sponsored by Corona, O’Reilly Auto Parts and GoldenRam. The Joint doors will open at 3:00 p.m. and the first fight begins at 3:15 p.m. The FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes broadcast airs live at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT.
Tickets, priced at $95, $65, $35 and $25, not including applicable service charges and taxes, are on sale now and available for purchase by visiting The Joint box office, calling 800.745.3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.