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 Last update:  5/2/2014       Read more by Barry Cooper         
Collazo: Khan Doesn't Do Well With Southpaws Like Me
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By Barry Cooper, courtesy of The Daily Star

LUIS COLLAZO has fought as many battles outside the ring as he has done in it.

Amir Khan’s opponent in Las Vegas tomorrow has been dogged by severe mental health problems.

And the New Yorker admits he even considered suicide while he was an alcoholic.

But he insists he is on the road to recovery thanks to his love for boxing and his decision to become a born-again Christian.

And he is expected to give Khan a serious test at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in the Bolton boxer’s first fight as a welterweight.

Collazo, who came within a whisker of beating Ricky Hatton eight years ago, reignited his career with a second round KO of Victor Ortiz in January.

But before that it was a different story, and he admitted: “I even thought about committing suicide.

“I turned to alcohol, I turned away from my family and friends and something I have loved to do since I was ten years old, which is boxing.

“One night I asked God to give me a sign. I told him, if you can change my life I would give my life to you.

“The next day I woke up and I was a totally different person.

“The hole I had in my heart had just healed. Even my wife could not give me that much happiness and I have been so blessed for the past year.

“It all started when I got injured, had two years out of the ring and I began drinking as I was inactive. It just grew from that. I wasn’t happy.

“My wife was scared to come home because she didn’t know the type of person she was going to come back to and something was badly wrong because I even pulled away from my daughters.

“When my wife confronted me about it I just broke down crying. I was in a dark place but thankfully that is all in the past.”

Collazo has nothing but respect for Khan, but insists the former Olympic medallist is in for a tough ride on the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather v Marcos Maidana showdown.

Collazo added: “Amir is a great fighter and he has a tremendous background.

“He is moving up in weight so we will have to see how that plays for him and he has been off for a year.

“This is my weight, where I have been throughout my career and it might be a factor, it might not.

“Whatever happens I will go out there and give the fans what they want, excitement.

“I’ve been watching Khan fights and he doesn’t do well with southpaws like me.

“If you stay in front of him he is going to go crazy and throw lightning fast punches.

“Khan is more of a fluent boxer, whereas Ricky Hatton was an aggressive brawler. I have to go in there against Khan and fight very smartly.

“It is going to be a tough fight for both of us. There will be fireworks.”

Khan v Collazo and Mayweather v Maidana is live on BoxNation.

Tags: Amir Khan , Luis Collazo , Khan-Collazo , Khan vs. Collazo


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comment by Box-Office, on 05-02-2014
[QUOTE=Suavecito80]Neither are you able to say he is good against them. The bad Judah showed up for that fight and what has the other boxer ever done..ever.[/QUOTE] What are you even saying? The bad judah? What? Just an excuse to discredit even the things Khan did good. The Judah that fought Kh...

comment by Risen, on 05-02-2014
[QUOTE=Beercules]This is the best fight on the card. Say what you want about Khan but he's never in a boring fight[/QUOTE] Khan's dance moves when he gets his chin rocked is always entertaining.

comment by Beercules, on 05-02-2014
This is the best fight on the card. Say what you want about Khan but he's never in a boring fight

comment by Suavecito80, on 05-02-2014
[QUOTE=Black Barty]This is what I'm talking about when I say a lot of people will come up with anything to discredit Khan. The "bad" Judah showed up, Maidana was a completely different fighter back then etc. Imagine if a Khan fan said the "bad" Khan showed up against Garcia. People would throw...

comment by Black Barty, on 05-02-2014
[QUOTE=Suavecito80]So you made my point for me. Ie. the good version of Judah showed up against Garcia. He is an up and down fighter.[/QUOTE] This is what I'm talking about when I say a lot of people will come up with anything to discredit Khan. The "bad" Judah showed up, Maidana was a complet...

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