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LUIS COLLAZO ON AMIR KHAN CLASH: "THIS IS REDEMPTION FOR ME...HE RUNS HIS MOUTH TOO MUCH"

By Michelle Rosado | March 27, 2014
LUIS COLLAZO ON AMIR KHAN CLASH:

"Personally for me, this is redemption for me basically because I've been going through so many hard times in boxing. This is just another way to show people that if you believe in God, anything is possible. And look, I'm just another living example of it. Professionally, this is another point in my career that is giving me more of a future...He runs his mouth too much and he thinks that he is better than what he is. As with everything, I believe you have to be humble and especially in boxing," stated former welterweight champion Luis Collazo, who talked about his upcoming clash with former jr. welterweight champion Amir Khan on the May 3 undercard of Mayweather vs. Maidana. Check it out!

MR: You are one of the guys in boxing that people "in the know" really respect. You're a hardcore fan's favorite. You've had a long, rough journey to the top and many adversities throughout your career. Many thought you beat Ricky Hatton and Andre Berto, and you suffered the tough loss to Shane Mosley. How do you stay focused and motivated as a fighter, who has had such tough luck?

LC: Oh man, just trying to get back where I'm almost at now, back to the top of the welterweight division. I was a champion before and I want to get there again. I know the feeling. I like fighting for the fans and giving them what they want, some excitement. I just love boxing. I grew to love it. I'm just passionate about it. I got a family to feed. This is the thing that I've been doing as a kid and it's amazing because next month will be one year that I've been following the Lord and it's just been a blessing because at this time last year, I didn't know where my career was going. To actually get that call, and with everything else that has been going on this year, it's just been amazing. I owe it up to Him because if it weren't for Him, I don't know where I would be at right now.

MR: How did you feel when you got the call for the Khan fight? Did you have to blink once or think twice about taking the fight?

LC: Absolutely not. You know, this is the fight that we've been looking for since no other fight came up. Floyd I know had the Maidana fight already and Khan was up next in the sweepstakes, so once that call came in, we were like, "Yes! Let's do it."

MR: After the win over Victor Ortiz, you said during the post-fight interview that you were tired of fighting in Las Vegas, but here you are fighting in Vegas again. What don't you like about fighting in Vegas?

LC: Vegas is just so crazy. I just don't like being around that environment, but hey, it is what it is. This is just another step to where I want to get. If this is where I gotta go, I gotta go.

MR: Is your camp set? Are you staying in Brooklyn for camp?

LC: Right now, I am training in South Carolina at the Fort Jackson Army base. I'll be over here for the next 15 days and then we'll go back home to New York and start sparring.

MR: What does a win over Amir Khan do for you, personally and professionally?

LC: Personally for me, this is redemption for me basically because I've been going through so many hard times in boxing. This is just another way to show people that if you believe in God, anything is possible. And look, I'm just another living example of it. Professionally, this is another point in my career that is giving me more of a future.

MR: Give me one of Amir Khan's strengths.

LC: He has decent speed.

MR: Give me one of Amir Khan's weaknesses.

LC: Well, everybody knows, it's his chin.

MR: Virgil Hunter likes Khan's chances on knocking you out. He feels that Khan has tools that can discourage fighters, including you. What do you think about those chances of Khan knocking you out?

LC: I can't believe that a coach got to hype his fighter up to give him confidence, but its okay. If he needs a hug, I am more than willing to give him a hug (laughs).

MR: You've been getting a lot of support pouring in on social media, even from the UK. Why do think Khan gets a bad rap in boxing?

LC: To be honest, I think it is his mouth. A lot of British people have been hitting me up on Twitter and they just don't like his mouth. He runs his mouth too much and he thinks that he is better than what he is. As with everything, I believe you have to be humble and especially in boxing. I know you want to start hype and this, this, and that, but stay humble. There are kids looking up to us, so you gotta stay humble.

You can follow Luis Collazo on Twitter at @RealLuisCollazo.

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