At this point in Amir Khan’s boxing career, he’s strictly main event. Not this past Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena when he outclassed Luis Collazo and took the vacant World Boxing Council Silver and World Boxing Association International welterweight belts on the Floyd Mayweather Jr./Marcos Maidana undercard.
Khan had no problem solving the tough and awkward Collazo, who likes to carry his hands low, as the 27-year-old exited the ring with a unanimous decision.
Khan eventually hopes to fight Mayweather, who after a slow start rallied and took home a majority decision over Maidana.
Khan has been out of the ring for 13 months, and feels the time away helped. “I thought I did enough for a fight with Floyd Mayweather,” said Khan, who raised his record to 29-3-0 with 19 knockouts. “Styles makes fights, and I think my style will cause problems for Mayweather. I did a lot of training over the last year.”
Khan sparkled in the fourth round when he decked Collazo with a right hand, and the 10th when he scored a pair of knockdowns.
After a feeling out opening round, Khan came on strong in the second round when he landed two early rights and a combination.
Khan followed that with more right hands in the third round, while each shined in the fourth. The fifth round saw Khan attack the body and head, but Collazo (35-6-0 with 18 KO’s) remained spirited. The next three-minute stanza also went to Khan, who again used the right hand.
Khan dominated the seventh round again by employing the right, each had a point deducted in the eighth round, while three of the final four rounds was dominated by Khan, who finished the affair strong.
In another bout on the undercard, Adrien Broner easily pushed aside Carlos Molina via a unanimous decision for the vacant WBA International light-welterweight belt.
“I wasn’t worried about this fight,” said Broner, who was on the losing end of a unanimous decision to Maidana late last year. “I was humbled by that. I did some things and I didn’t do some things. But at the end of the day I’m still Adrien Broner.”
It took a few rounds before Broner (28-1-0 with 22 KO’s) was in complete control of the 10-round skirmish as he exhibited awesome hand and foot speed to overwhelm the game and steady Molina (17-2-1 with 7 KO’s).
Knowing that he was way ahead on the scorecards of Judges Patricia Morse Jarman, Levi Martinez and Richard Ocasio, Broner “showboated” some in the ninth round and completed the assault with flair.
In an earlier fight, J’Leon Love’s piercing jab was the weapon of choice as he roughed up Marco Antonio Periban and came away with a unanimous decision for the vacant WBA International super-middleweight title.
Love’s overall quickness was the difference, and was on full display during much of the 10-round fray.
In fact, Love (18-0-0 with 10 KO’s) was so dominant that he claimed the final five rounds.
In the opening round Love drew blood from Periban’s nose using the jab, and followed that with more jabs in the second round, before Periban (20-2-1 with 13 KO’s) looked better in the third round, while Love was sharp in the latter portion of the round.
The fourth round belonged to Love, who once again made effective use of the jab, and then added a few combinations as he opted for the body and head.
Periban knocked Love down in the fifth round with a whopping right hand followed by several punches, but Love eventually gained control of the fight and didn’t let up.