The Spotlight and Amir Khan

By Robert Ecksel on March 24, 2014
The Spotlight and Amir Khan
The winner of Khan vs. Collazo will presumably be next in line to fight Floyd Mayweather.

In lieu of promises made and honored, a quaint relic from a bygone era, we get the carrot and stick…

Until recently, no one gave much thought to Amir Khan. The reasons for that omission are many, but have little to do with what he does in the ring.

Khan is a very good fighter. But being a very good fighter in this day and age isn’t enough to raise the pulse, let alone enough to set tongues wagging. A fighter has to be sensational, superlative, out of this world, the greatest of all the all-time greats in history, and Khan, who fights with his heart instead of his head, and has suffered the consequences, isn’t the best of the best…

He’s the best of the rest.

It was WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather, in his interminable search for an opponent, who inadvertently shined a light on the British fighter. Being considered a dance partner for the pound-for-pound king was enough to make him relevant. But Khan, despite having a contract to fight Mayweather on May 3 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, despite winning the much touted fan poll, which did for democracy what Floyd’s KO of Victor Ortiz did for boxing, was left standing at the altar.

But the Mayweather magic has legs. Money selected Marcos Maidana over Khan, allegedly because of his win over Adrien Broner, even though Khan defeated Maidana in 2010. That may or may not matter, but it’s a fact one ignores at one’s own risk.

“Mayweather decided not to take the fight with me,” Khan said, “probably because he thought I would be the first to take away his unbeaten record, and is now fighting somebody I’ve already beaten.

“I think the fight with Mayweather will happen one day but I’m not rushing and it will happen when I’m ready. I’ve spoken to Floyd on the phone and he’s told me it’s nothing personal and he still wants to fight me, but I’m not going to think about that.”

Fortunately for Amir Khan (28-3, 19 KOs), he also gets to fight on May 3 in Las Vegas. He’s not fighting Broner, as was believed and about which much was written to no avail. Instead, Khan will be fighting Luis Collazo (35-5, 18 KOs), who is suddenly hot after stopping the eminently stoppable Victor Ortiz in January.

The winner of Khan-Collazo will presumably be the next man in line to fight Money May, but it’s presumptuous, if not downright foolish, to take anything at face value or for granted. Still, that hasn’t deterred Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer from saying:

“Both Amir Khan and Luis Collazo have made it known that they want a shot at the winner of the fight between Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana, so what better way for them to prove that they’re next?”

In lieu of promises made and honored, a quaint relic from a bygone era, we get the carrot and stick. But we also get to see Khan in action, which is never less than a thrill ride of the first order.

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  1. PD 05:08pm, 04/03/2014

    Amir has no business in the ring with Mayweather what so ever. And please don’t give me this ‘styles make fights bit’... all Floyd would do is sit and parry and watch Amir blow his load, then check hook and lead right his ass all night. Beyond that Amir has never fought at 147, shouldn’t be ranked at 147, and should barely rank at 140 with his past 5 or so fights. I will admit he himself has balls, but his promoters want him nowhere near any real talent. Like Pac, this guy runs around throwing punches with his feet all over the place, and without his speed and combination punching, this guy has NOTHING. All he has is a big mouth, and has always talked as though he deserves a Mayweather fight. BArum dissed Floyd for dogging Khan, but Floyd did him the biggest favor of his career, because 3 months ago nobody gave a shit about Amir Con. He didn’t deserve the publicity and if this is how Mayweather builds his last fights, his legacy will be in question

  2. Robert Ecksel 06:45pm, 03/28/2014

    You’re welcome bikermike. We aim to please, when we don’t aim to alienate.

  3. bikermike 06:19pm, 03/28/2014

    BTW….great article Robert…thank you

  4. bikermike 06:17pm, 03/28/2014

    now look…..this is no disrespect for Amir Khan….

    BUT WHAT’S WITH THE BOYCOTT on TImothy Bradley….he’s outpointed Pacquiao and Marquez…..wdf “”???

  5. raxman 04:16pm, 03/25/2014

    Clarence G - re GGG - has never had a pro fight at 154 so that must tell you something. even as an amateur it was something like 2002 that he moved up from welter to middle - that’s 10+ years - those years are the difference between fully filled out man weight and still practically a boy weight. now even taking into account day of fight weigh ins for amateur boxing, I think its obvious no matter what GGG and his team say, that fighting at 154 has never been an option for him

  6. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 11:42am, 03/25/2014

    Fight Film Collector-You got that right!...That “0” means the world to him…it furthers the unbeatable and invincible bullshit money making myth. Just like when Roy Jones had his “0” and in the present day with Wilder and his pumped up, inflated, and hyped “0”. In Jones’ time it was all about him being boxing’s version of Michael Jordan now Wilder is boxing’s LeBron James on the rise.

  7. The Fight Film Collector 08:56am, 03/25/2014

    As always, Robert’s editorials bring clarity.  I also like Khan.  He has his flaws, and he’s not lived up to the expectations promised at the beginning of his career, but very few do.  He’s fast, smart, can punch and is still working hard to make the best of his tools.  I’m not making a comparison, it’s just my appreciation of a boxer who’s better than most and has put on some good fights.  I think Floyd saw Khan bringing him problems, and so instead we get another in a long line of come at you Latino sluggers who will eat jabs and straight rights for twelve rounds.  As long as Mayweather wins his fights, he’ll continue to write his own ticket.  With the exception of Pacquiao and perhaps Bradley, the money won’t change for him no matter who he fights at this point.  Floyd is having his day, and that day will end when he loses a fight, as it goes in boxing, when its least expected.  And that, ironically, will end up being the most memorable fight of his career.

  8. Pete The Sneak 04:32am, 03/25/2014

    I enjoy seeing Khan fight, if anything because he is indeed susceptible to getting caught and/or kayoed with that glass chin, which always makes it interesting, even when he is seemingly ahead in fights…Still, Khan IMHO, is a decent fighter in a not so great current Boxing era….You can decipher that any which way you want…Peace.

  9. Clarence George 04:28am, 03/25/2014

    Khan’s not impressive, except for his phenomenal hand speed, and it’s very possible that Collazo will beat him.  If so, that will almost certainly put paid to his being handsomely paid to face Mayweather in September.  And even if it did happen, a KO win for “Money.”  By the way, the more I think of it, Maidana may very well go the same way.  The only one who has a chance of beating Mayweather at 147 is Bradley; at 154, no one, unless Golovkin comes down in weight, but he seems to be heading in the opposite direction.

  10. Matt McGrain 02:37am, 03/25/2014

    “In lieu of promises made and honored, a quaint relic from a bygone era, we get the carrot and stick. But we also get to see Khan in action, which is never less than a thrill ride of the first order.” Thumbs up.

  11. procopy 01:20am, 03/25/2014

    Yeah, during his fight against Maidana he was on survival mode on the last few rounds. I also believe Floyd could knock him out if they were to fight each other.

  12. Theo 10:07pm, 03/24/2014

    I think they made the right decision, yes Khan did beat Maidana, but barely, and not to mention, Khan always seems to crash when faced against great opposition. That’s why people think he has a glass chin, a good opponent against him makes him look not that unbeatable. Plus Maidana beat Broner very decisively, which will pull more money from people who see that Broner is very similar to Mayweather. Khan is giving himself too much credit, no offense to him, but he will get schooled, and even knocked out by the accuracy of Mayweather.

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