After a year of inactivity, Amir Khan returns to the ring on Saturday night in Las Vegas for a bout against Luis Collazo that he simply must win to secure his future as a top-level fighter.
As previously discussed, Collazo is a strangely risky fight for Khan—he's an opponent who is capable of beating him but over whom victory is not so meaningful that it would guarantee the desired opportunity to face Floyd Mayweather.
In the last month the mood has gone against Khan with odds on a Collazo victory literally halving, from an opening 5-1 to a current best price of 5-2, per Oddschecker.
Khan is still the clear favourite, but the feeling out there seems to be that this will be a tougher assignment than his team might have been expecting.
Collazo, 33, is coming off what is in theory a career-best performance over Victor Ortiz, although the questions over Ortiz's commitment to the sport do leave an asterisk to that.
After the win over Ortiz in January, Showtime announcer Paulie Malignaggi, who grew up with Collazo in Brooklyn, told Sky Sports that it was no surprise, adding—"I know Luis is a quality fighter."
Amir Khan will give Collazo the perfect opportunity to show just how good he is on the big stage as they provide the chief support to Mayweather and Marcos Maidana.
Here are five key questions that will decide this fight.