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Khan: Mayweather fight will happen

ESPN staff
March 24, 2014
Amir Khan recently missed out on a fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr but will now fight on the same card in Las Vegas © Getty Images

Amir Khan is still confident he will eventually face Floyd Mayweather after agreeing to fight Luis Collazo on the undercard for his bout against Marcos Maidana on May 3.

Khan will now act as chief support for Mayweather in Las Vegas after he was overlooked by 'Money' as an opponent for his next fight.

Khan felt he had been "disrespected" by Mayweather after being led to believe the two would go toe-to-toe, having also topped Maidana in a fans' poll commissioned by the American as to who they wanted to see him face next.

Mayweather suggested he would take on the Brit if he fought and beat Adrien Broner on the undercard, but Khan replied to the American's offer by stating he was "full of s***". Khan's trainer, Virgil Hunter, later confirmed that he would not be fighting Broner.

"The fight with Mayweather will happen in the future, but I'm just going to concentrate on one style which is Collazo's," Khan told Sky Sports News.

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"I'll probably be at ringside for Mayweather's fight against Maidana and will call him out again in the press conference so we'll have to see what happens.

"He wants the fight and there's a lot of public demand for it. There's not a lot of fights out there for him so if he wants to have another three fights in his career I have to be one of them."

Collazo, a former WBA welterweight champion, has won 35 of his 40 professional fights to date and lost five, one by stoppage.

His other four defeats have come by unanimous decision, including a 2006 WBA title loss to Ricky Hatton in Boston. Collazo has never fought outside of the United States but this will be Khan's first fight since he out-scored Julio Diaz in April last year.

"He [Collazo] gave Ricky a tough fight back in 2006 and we know it's not going to be easy," Khan added. "He's had a good win in his last fight - a knockout against Victor Ortiz - so he's going to be confident and come to fight.

"It's going to be my first fight at 147lbs so he's going to come at me with everything. We are going to be ready for this and we've been waiting a long time. I've had a long break, but I've been in the gym and working on mistakes I've made, getting strong and taking time to relax and not think about the boxing side of it.

"I've been working non-stop though, having some great sparring sessions that will hopefully keep off the ring-rust so I'm going to come in there and give it 100%."

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