By Barry Cooper, courtesy of The Daily Star
AMIR KHAN insists he will banish the memory of the of the last British boxer to fight at the MGM casino in Las Vegas when he takes on Luis Collazo tonight.
Almost exactly five years ago Ricky Hatton was horrifically flattened inside two rounds by Manny Pacquiao.
But Khan insists the same fate will not befall him and that he will get his career back on track in spectacular style on the world famous Strip.
And he insists the flaws which have followed him throughout his professional career have been ironed out under trainer Virgil Hunter.
Khan recalls the day in May 2009 when Hatton was pole-axed by Pacquiao in a sickening finale to his glorious career, but says he will show Vegas there is a new Brit in town.
"It was a tough ending for Ricky at the hands of one of the best fighters ever to box and like anyone else from our country I want to see the British man win, but nothing like that is going to happen to me," Khan said.
"I'm going to fight a very smart, very street-wise fight and when I do that nobody can live with me.
"Nobody has ever out-boxed me because it can't be done.
"I've been caught and stopped, but over the distance nobody has ever got the better of me and Collazo isn't going to be the one to change that."
Khan, who fights on the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather Jnr v Marcos Maidana clash, was understandably angry yesterday when Mayweather's father and trainer, Floyd Snr, suggested he wouldn't stand a cat in hell's chance against 'Money' if the pair meet later this year.
"Floyd is just one of those guys who wanted to train me and he is bitter because I went to Freddie Roach instead," added Khan, who 10 years ago won silver at the Athens Olympics at 17-year-old.
"Since then he has been like this. He is the same guy who said 'I can train you to beat my son.' He said that.
"Now he is back with his son maybe he feels a bit silly for saying that to me because back then he believed I could beat his son.
"It is backstabbing I could do without, but it is also hype and let the hype get bigger because one day the fight is going to happen."
Victory over Collazo would certainly bring a lucrative clash with Mayweather a huge step closer, although Khan spent the best part of six months chasing the American only for him to turn to Maidana instead.
But he has to start with a win tonight before he starts worrying about the next fight down the line.
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