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24 JUNE 2018

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Khan Pummels Collazo, Earns Decision

Khan attacks Collazo
Khan attacks Collazo

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.


After the two men were penalized in the contest for repeated fouls, Khan scored two more knockdowns in the tenth. This time, Collazo (35-6, 18 KOs) was badly shaken and on the verge of being taken out, but Khan couldn’t close the show; his foe was saved by the bell. From there, Collazo tied to pursue his attacker, but “King” Khan backed away for the majority of the final two frames and coasted to a lopsided unanimous victory. The judges saw it for the Brit via tallies of 119-104 (twice) and 117-106. SecondsOut also had it 119-104 for Khan.


After the bout, it was speculated that he would be next in line for Mayweather, but a September date simply won’t for Khan (29-3, 19 KOs) because it’s in the middle of Ramadan. Khan stated at the post-fight presser that he refuses to fight anybody during the holiday and said he’d fight Mayweather at any time other than that particular weekend.

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