On the undercard of Floyd Mayweather Jr. versus Marcos Maidana card, former junior welterweight champion Amir Khan (29-3, 19 KOs) dominated crafty southpaw Luis Collazo (35-6, 18 KOs) en route to an impressive decision at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada Saturday night. The fight was televised live on Showtime Pay-Per-View.
The scoring 119-104 (twice) and 117-106.
At ringside, Doghouseboxing scored the bout 117-107 for Khan.
Khan’s edge in speed was evident early on. He fought at a controlled pace, landing numerous lead right hands. Collazo stalked Khan but found it difficult to land anything significant.
Khan, from Bolton, England, floored Collazo with short right in round four. Collazo, his arms at his sides, got up quickly and pursued Khan the rest of the stanza. Khan did well in rounds five, six and seven. His snappy combinations scored consistently. He used his improved defense ring to parry Collazo’s punches.
Both fighters were deducted points for infractions in round eight. Collazo landed a low blow - while Khan lost a point for holding. Collazo stunned Khan with a left to the chin. Khan appeared to wobble, but regained his senses quickly.
In round 10, Khan knocked Collazo down twice with punches to the body and head. The super tough Collazo got up and motioned to Khan that he wanted more.
Collazo battled back in round 11, but Khan used the ring intelligently and jabbed. His work on the outside was impressive. Collazo tried for the knock out in the last round. Khan stuck to his game plan and peppered the Brookyln, NY. native with shots.
“I put it together tonight,” said Khan in the ring after the fight. “I’ve been training very hard for the last 12 months.”