Amir Khan keen to shine against Luis Collazo to earn Floyd Mayweather shot
Amir Khan is keen to show the world he deserves a shot at Floyd Mayweather Jr by halting Luis Collazo.
Last Updated: 03/05/14 11:42pm
The 27-year-old Bolton star has been out of the ring for over a year chasing a bout with the unbeaten American but has had to settle for a meeting with Collazo on the undercard of Mayweather's clash with Marcos Maidana.
While Khan is conscious of the danger of complacency when facing dangerous New Yorker Collazo, the former two-time world champion is determined to use the showcase to prove he is the man to end Mayweather's supremacy.
Khan said at the final pre-fight press conference: "As long as I put on a great performance I'll earn that shot [at fighting Mayweather].
"But, to be honest, I'm not looking past Collazo. I need to win this fight and take it from there. I need to put on a good performance and we'll see what happens.
"It's going to be a hard fight. It will be tough and exciting, but I think I have all the tools to beat him.
"He's coming off a big win so I know it won't be an easy fight. I'm looking to make a big statement on the Mayweather undercard."
Eyebrows were raised when Khan announced the experienced Collazo would be his first opponent at welterweight - but the Olympic silver medalist is confident his new trainer Virgil Hunter has him well prepared.
He added: "I'm excited to put on a great show. I've trained my way up to this weight. The hand speed and movement is always going to be here but there are a lot of new things you will see.
"I'm going to put on a great performance and I hope we give the fans what they want. Spending this time with Virgil Hunter has only made me a better boxer.
"I've been working hard and improving myself. It's not like I've been taking time off. I've been sparring and working on my style."