Ex-champ Collazo turns 33, calls out Khan
NEW YORK - Former world champion Luis Collazo celebrated his 33rd birthday Tuesday by predicting a victory next week over England's Amir Khan but added he is not looking past the British boxer.
Collazo and Khan will meet on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather's welterweight unification showdown with Argentina's Marcos Maidana and the winner would put himself in line to be the next foe of unbeaten US pay-per-view star Mayweather.
"A win over Khan does put me in the Mayweather sweepstakes, but my sights are set on Khan," Collazo said. "I am not looking beyond Amir Khan. He is my main focus.
"This fight is my whole career right in front of me. 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."
Khan was expecting to be the one going against Mayweather, who made the battler from Bolton wait only to pick Maidana over him
"When Khan looks across the ring, he isn't going to see Floyd Mayweather. He is going to see Luis Collazo. I am the best," the US southpaw said.
"I hope Khan is ready on May 3 to fight me, not someone else. It's going to be an explosive night. Whatever he said he said. Talk is cheap.
"My prediction for this fight is that I am going to be victorious."
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