Khan beats Collazo in first fight at 147
By: Andrew McCart
In the co-feature on the Mayweather Vs. Maidana card, British star Amir Khan floored the tough Luis Collazo three times en route to a comfortable unanamious decision.
Khan in his first fight at 147lbs showcased his superior hand speed and footwork from the opening bell. It was Khan’s right hand that was causing Collazo problems; it was in the fourth round as the Brooklyn native was attempting to cut off the ring and was caught with a short right hand from Khan which sent him to the canvas.
It was clear that Khan’s speed, movement and constant holding was starting to frustrate Collazo. It was in the eighth round Collazo was deducted a point for a low blow…. However, in the same round the Bolton man was also penalised for holding after being hurt by Collazo.
Khan had Collazo down twice in the 10th… The first was from a barrage of body shots, then seconds later a sweet one two sent Collazo down again for the third time in the fight. Collazo barley survived the round as he was just standing against the ropes with his hands down taking some fast shots to the head and body.
Collazo managed to see the final bell, but he was outclassed and out boxed by the much faster Khan. The rugged southpaw just didn’t have an answer for the speed and movement from khan and lost a very wide points decision with the judges scoring the bout 117-106, 119-104, 119-104.
The former unified 140lb champion Khan clinched the WBC Silver and the WBA International titles with the win… and Khan now set his sights on a massive showdown with P4P king Floyd Mayweather.
“People want to see a fight between me and Floyd,” Khan said. “Floyd hasn’t seen speed. He’s fighting people with explosive power. But styles make fights and I think my style will give him a lot of trouble.”
“It was tough because Collazo was very awkward, but we pulled it together and came out with the win,” Khan said. “It was a tough fight to debut at 147 pounds after a 13 month layoff. Not many fighters would take a fight like this. Especially with Collazo coming off of a big knockout win over Victor Ortiz.”by