Both Amir Khan and Luis Collazo want a shot at Floyd Mayweather Jr. at some point in the future. As two of the most popular fighters in the world behind "Money" Mayweather, the two thriving fighters have drawn a huge crowd in recent years.
While they both have aspirations of taking down the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, they'll have to settle for fighting each other as Mayweather's undercard. Khan made the announcement via his Twitter account on Monday:
I will be fighting Luis Collazo on May 3rd Las Vegas #MayweatherMaidana Chief support 👊— Amir Khan (@AmirKingKhan) March 24, 2014
Khan has attracted a lot of a attention as of late for calling out Mayweather on Twitter. After Mayweather said the British boxer claimed he still has something to prove before he's worthy of fighting him, Khan went off in response.
Here's a look at the exchange between the two boxers (Warning: Some language NSFW):
... each other on my show and you win (which you won’t)... I'll fight you. pic.twitter.com/7sZIKYWq1D— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) March 3, 2014
FM is full of shit. Just like ' my next opponent ' Poll.— Amir Khan (@AmirKingKhan) March 3, 2014
Following that exchange between the two fighters, Khan spoke about a conversation that he had with Mayweather after finding out that he would not earn a shot against the champion, per Sky Sports:
I spoke to Floyd funnily enough a week after he'd announced his fight with Maidana. My friend called me and asked if I wanted to talk to Floyd and I said "Put him on the phone" and Floyd said, "How are you doing champ?"
I said "I'm alright, but... why didn't you take the fight? What was the issue?" And he said "Listen champ, you're a great fighter, I respect you. The fight will happen, you know. I have a few more fights left in my career and it will happen between me and you - just not yet."
While some might immediately believe this is a chance for Khan to prove himself in front of the undefeated Mayweather, the man on the other side is a veteran boxer in his own right.
Collazo is a 32-year-old fighter who has spoken about his belief that he deserves a chance to step in the ring with Mayweather, via Fight Hype:
Amir Khan up next and then Floyd at home, that would be ideal. I'm very proud Mr. [Brett] Yorkmark thought of me and Mayweather as Brooklyn's 'Dream Fight,' that makes me truly proud of my roots, of Brooklyn.
James Donaghy of The Guardian believes the veteran boxer could be a tough matchup for Khan:
Luis Collazo's a pretty tough opponent for Amir Khan. The wheels could easily come off in that one.— James Donaghy (@thecoldgun) March 24, 2014
In 31 total fights, Khan has a total record of 28 wins, 19 by knockout and just three losses, with two of the losses coming in his last four bouts. As for Collazo, the Puerto Rican boxer has a record of 35-5 with 18 knockouts and hasn't lost since October 2011.
Who will win the undercard match?
The matchup itself presents a lot of intrigue before watching Mayweather take to the ring. With Khan talking a big game and saying he deserves a shot at Money, getting past Collazo could be a huge stepping stone for him in completing that journey.
If either fighter truly believes he deserves a chance to fight Mayweather, this might be the audition to earn that right. With both coming in following huge wins, the undercard itself builds up the suspense for Mayweather's next fight.
Regardless of whether either one ever faces Mayweather, it's a huge opportunity for both to step in the ring against each other. The only question now is: Who will rise up to grab it?
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