By Steve Brooks: Amir Khan (28-3, 19 KO’s) is fighting what he considers the biggest fight of his career this Saturday night in his clash against former WBA welterweight champion Luis Collazo (35-5, 18 KO’s) on the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Marcos Maidana card at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Khan needs a big win over the 33-year-old Collazo to get the $10 million payday fight against Mayweather for later this year. A loss for Khan against Collazo will permanently ruin any chance he ever had of getting his cash out fight against Mayweather.
“This is going to be the biggest night of my career so far, against the best in the world,” Khan said about Collazo. “I intend to go out there and steal the show. While I expect Floyd to win comfortably, I will keep everyone on the edge of their seats.”
It’s interesting that Khan describes Collazo as the “best in the world,” rather than someone who has was nothing but weak 3rd tier opposition for the past 5 years since his loss to Andre Berto in 2009. The one win over a fighter with a name came against Victor Ortiz last January. A lot of boxing fans think Ortiz, a fighter who was always shaky in the talent department to begin with, hasn’t been the same since he was stopped by Mayweather in their fight in September 2011.
Ortiz has fought only twice since then in losing to Josesito Lopez and Collazo. So what Collazo accomplished in beating Ortiz really wasn’t that big of a deal, to be honest. Collazo appears to be someone that his promoters set up to look good so that they could give Khan a sure thing win over someone who doesn’t have the talent to beat him. In other words, Collazo is someone who Khan can use as a stepping stone to get his Mayweather fight without risk of him losing again.
As it is, Khan has lost 2 out of his last 4 fights, and he clearly doesn’t deserve a fight a fight Mayweather. Khan’s career is as much on the rocks as Ortiz’s career. But Golden Boy Promotions is still backing him to get the Mayweather fight due to Khan’s large fan base in the UK. They obviously weren’t going to put Khan in with someone that would beat him like Shawn Porter or Keith Thurman, because those guys would spoil the Mayweather-Khan big money fight for later this year. Khan is going to get his $10 million payday against Mayweather, unless he falls apart against Collazo on Saturday night.