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 Last update:  4/6/2014       Read more by Rick Reeno         
Schaefer: A lot of Pressure on Amir Khan in Collazo Fight
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By Rick Reeno

Golden Boy Promotions CEO, Richard Schaefer, views Amir Khan vs. Luis Collazo as a 50-50 proposition. Khan-Collazo will be the co-featured attraction to the Floyd Mayweather-Marcos Maidana welterweight unification on May 3rd from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Showtime Pay-Per-View will showcase both fights.

Khan (28-3, 19KOs), inactive since last April's tough decision win over Julio Diaz, will make the full move to welterweight against Collazo (35-5, 18KOs), a former champion at 147. Collazo is coming off the biggest win of his career, a January first round knockout of Victor Ortiz.

"I think that's a 50-50 fight. I can give you ten reasons why Collazo will win and I can give you ten reasons on why Khan will win. I think it's an evenly matched fight for Amir to move up in weight, against a natural welterweight, a big welterweight and has been at the welterweight limit for his entire career. Collazo is coming into this fight with a lot of momentum, having fought a few months ago against Victor Ortiz. He has been active and is coming off one of the biggest wins of his career. Now he is going into the fight with Amir with a lot of momentum. I have to give credit to Amir and his team for fighting someone as dangerous as Luis Collazo," Schaefer told 

Khan has a lot to prove in May. The British star has been chasing a Mayweather fight for at least two years. Last month, Mayweather said he might consider fighting Khan "next" - if Khan does something to impress him. Mayweather is expected to fight again on September 13th.

Mayweather is giving Khan a very big stage to prove his worth, by positioning the fight with Collazo in the co-featured slot of his upcoming pay-per-view. For Khan, simply winning may not be enough to secure a Mayweather fight in September. Khan will have to win impressively. If he struggles badly to the finish line, as he did with Diaz last April, Mayweather will likely take a pass on fighting him.

"Obviously with Amir Khan there is  a lot of pressure. And it could be the kind of pressure where it's going to be a plus or a minus, because fighting on a card like a Mayweather card there is added pressure to perform - because Amir wants a Mayweather fight. He is going to go into that fight with a lot of pressure on his shoulders to perform and look sensational and that might be a benefit to Luis Collazo. Luis Collazo wants a Mayweather fight as well......who doesn't? So he is going to bring his A-game. He knows what a win over Amir Khan can do for him and that's why it's such an exciting fight," Schaefer said. 

Tags: Amir Khan , Floyd Mayweather Jr. , Richard Schaefer , Luis Collazo , Khan-Collazo , Khan vs. Collazo


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comment by ma51f, on 04-08-2014
At the end of the day Khan takes way riskier and more dangerous than most people. He's far more exciting. Khan >>>>>>>>> floyd

comment by micky1971, on 04-06-2014
its no big ask of either of them. hes right in that it could be king khunts fight but, if collazo has done any homework he will see its just any ko victory in which to gain...all he gotta do is swing.

comment by koolbreez12, on 04-06-2014
[QUOTE=StillAlive2k]It's only the competitive fight on card!! There was (so called) tournament at 140 last year, why don't they do one to fight mayweather? Thurman, Guerrero, khan, collazo, Matthyse, Garcia, Alexander, broner, Paulie M, Judah, Berto If journalist keep asking the questio...

comment by ADP02, on 04-06-2014
So Schaeffer, is this the same Khan that you wanted us to see face Floyd? Schaeffer would have said this if it was Khan instead of Maidana fighting Floyd: "I have to give Floyd a lot of credit for facing a young fast fighter like Khan......" How do I know? Schaeffer pulled a similar line i...

comment by A-Wolf, on 04-06-2014
Can't stand Shaefer at this point.

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