By Mike Sloan ringside in Las Vegas: Amir Khan was hoping to have the sort of massive breakout fight that would inevitably setup a mega fight with Floyd Mayweather. First things first, he had to win. Secondly, he had to do it in eye-popping fashion in the co-main event of the huge Mayweather-Marcos Maidana event in the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Khan took care of the first part of the equation without a doubt. The question, though, is whether his trouncing of Luis Collazo was enough for the rest of the boxing world to covet a Money-Khan showdown. Khan was superb against the Bronx fighter, but large portions of their matchup were spent with the two sizing each other up or with Collazo walking forward with his guard down. Khan tagged him when he could, but the action was scant at best.
Still, Khan showed flashes of brilliance throughout the encounter. In the fourth, he floored his opponent with a perfectly-time counter right hand during an exchange. Collazo beat the count and wasn’t hurt by any means. Still, it just meant that Collazo had to dig himself out of a deeper hole.