Luis Collazo Will Fight Amir Khan on Mayweather-Maidana Undercard
Luis Collazo last fought in Las Vegas in 2007. He fought Shane Mosely. The WBC welterweight title was at stake and it was Collazo's first chance at a championship since he lost his WBA welterweight title to Ricky Hatton several months before.
Golden Boy Promotions Luis Collazo is months from the biggest fight of his career.
Mosely schooled him, winning a one-sided unanimous decision. The loss knocked Collazo from the division's circle of serious contenders. For most of the next seven years, Collazo hovered just outside, winning enough to keep higher prospects alive but losing enough to keep them still out of reach.
Then, at the Barclays Center in January, the Brooklyn-native knocked out Victor Ortiz in the second round. Now he is back in the circle. He will fight in Las Vegas next, against Amir Khan on the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather-Marcos Maidana pay-per-view on May 3.
It is a big fight, perhaps the biggest of Collazo's career. You can make the case for many fights he has had, but Collazo is now 32 years old and he is an impressive victory away from a multi-million dollar mega-fight against Mayweather. This is likely his final sprint for the sport's throne, the final stretch of success from which he can maximize his earning potential as a prizefighter. There will be other paydays after Khan regardless of the outcome, but nothing comes close to a mega-fight purse.
In fact, Collazo's and Khan's promoter, Golden Boy, doesn't use the word "undercard" for this bout. It is a "co-feature." The great majority of us, of course, will be dropping $60 solely to watch the master craftsman Mayweather battle the relentless slugger Maidana, and some of us won't take more than a peek at the screen until those two are in the ring together. But Collazo-Khan is a thrilling opening act; and not just an opening act, but a possible contest for the right to ink a contract with the winner of the main event.