Former two-weight king Ricky Hatton is backing compatriot Amir Khan to come through a tough test against Luis Collazo on May 3, but only if the fledgling welterweight sticks to his boxing and avoids a war.
Khan, 27, faces ex-Hatton opponent Collazo on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather’s massive pay-per-view clash next month at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and knows victory will mean a shot at the pound for pound best in September.
The now-retired Hatton, who took Collazo’s WBA welterweight title via a closely-fought decision in Boston eight years ago, says Khan has to box to a smart gameplan in order to come out on top and seal his dream fight with Mayweather.
“I think Khan can beat Collazo on points, if he sticks to his boxing,” Hatton told World Boxing News.
“Amir has too much speed and talent in his locker that can see him through the fight if he uses it the right way.
“His opponent likes a war and Khan must use his superior skills to see him through and not get drawn in to the kind of fight Collazo wants.”
Southpaw Collazo has suffered three losses since being dethroned by Hatton and has been off the radar until scoring a career-best two-round stoppage win over a faded Victor Ortiz in January.
The 32 year-old is now right in the mix after three years fighting his way back up to the top, with a multi-million dollar ‘Money’ clash within touching distance for Collazo after a long spell in obscurity.
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