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Amir Khan confirmed to fight on Mayweather undercard

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Amir Khan has this afternoon confirmed that he will fight Luis Collazo on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather's bout with Marcos Maidana, but the end goal is still very much securing a fight with the pound-for-pound king before the end of 2014.

Khan courted a career-best pay day against Mayweather for more than two months before being snubbed in favour of Maidana, leaving the former light-welterweight champion in limbo and searching for a first fight since April 2013 against a lesser-known opponent.

The 27-year-old will have a point to prove in his welterweight debut, fighting on the same bill as Mayweather and Maidana but against Puerto Rican veteran, who British fight fans will remember best for a defeat to Ricky Hatton in 2006.

Despite having his sights set on preparing for Collazo in the short-term Khan has revealed that he plans to call out Mayweahter in his post-fight press conference, providing he delivers a dazzling performance in Las Vegas.

He told Boxing Scene: "The fight with Mayweather will happen in the future, but I'm just going to concentrate on one style which is Collazo's.

"I'll probably be at ringside for the Mayweather fight against Maidana and will call him out again in the press conference, so we'll have to see what happens.

"I think he wants the fight and there's a lot of public demand for it. There's not a lot of fights out there for him so if he wants to have another three fights in his career I have to be one of them."

By the time Khan's clash with Collazo rolls round the Bolton-born speed demon will have been inactive for more than a year, with an exciting, if nervy points victory over Julio Diaz in Sheffield more than likely the final fight of his light-welterweight career.

The challenge now is for Khan to build at welterweight under the tutelage of Virgil Hunter, with a decisive victory over Collazo absolutely essential before plans for Mayweather or another big-name opponent can be made.

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