Who Gonna be the “Champ”!
By Julia Rodriguez on May 05, 2014
Amir “King” Khan prepares to face Luis Collazo in a 12-round bout, in the co-main event of "THE MOMENT: Floyd Mayweather vs. Marcos Maidana".
The British boxing star and former Unified Super Lightweight World Champion, Amir Khan (28-3, 19 KOs), 27, will fight Brooklyn resident and WBA International Welterweight Champion Luis Collazo (35-5, 18 KOs), 32, for Collazo’s prestigious WBA International Welterweight title. The exciting matchup will take place on Saturday, May 3, at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Idle since April of last year, Khan hopes to give an explosive comeback. “The best thing for me to do is put on a show, look sensational, excite the public. And that’s what you can expect from me.”, said Khan. He insists that this extended break from boxing has not affected his performance in any way, but has instead strengthened him and helped him prepare for his first fight at 147 lbs. The delay has allowed ample time for his trainer Virgil Hunter to train him well and better his boxing skills.
Amir Khan not only expects to look sensational against Collazo, but he also promises the emergence of a “different Amir Khan” in the ring. “You will see me much more comfortable at the weight. When I was at light-welter I was killing myself to make weight, it was like I was fighting myself as well as my opponents.” said Khan. “They hit harder at 147lb but I will get that benefit as well because I won't be weakening myself. I should have moved up a while ago.”
Khan believes his speed would be an advantage for him in the upcoming match against Collazo. Regarding this he said, “I have great experience, he’s a little bit taller than me but I have the speed, I have the movement, I have the power,”
Talking about the importance of the match, Khan considered his victory a present for his baby daughter who is to be born soon. He said, “It will be a nice present for my new baby daughter who is going to be born.”
On the other hand, Luis Collazo, having put his WBA Welterweight Champion title at risk, is equally excited for the fight and considers it a turning point in his boxing career. Regarding his crucial match against Amir Khan, he said: “This fight is my whole career right in front of me,” said Collazo, 33. “If I beat Amir Khan I have a bigger future in boxing and if I don't, I have to start from the bottom again.” “A win over Khan does put me in the May weather sweepstakes. But I am not looking beyond Amir Khan. He is my main focus. From here whatever happens happens, but Amir Khan is all I’m thinking about right now.”
Julia is a sports trainer and she is passionate about to write on sports. She writes for various sports blogs and sites including Fights Daily and Green Hill Sports.
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