Amir Khan came out sizzling against Luis Collazo, and had glorious moments throughout over the 12 rounds of his decision victory on the undercard of the Showtime Pay-Per-View main event of Floyd Mayweather-Marcos Maidana. It was the best he had looked in a while. Yet somehow, his victory continued to demonstrate his weaknesses.
Khan dominated Collazo with his speed early, keeping in mind that Collazo was an aging veteran coming off a big win over Victor Ortiz that said as much about where Ortiz was as it did about where Collazo was, if not more. By the middle rounds, unfortunately enough for Khan, Collazo had begun to land some punches on the shaky chin of Khan, and when that happens, you never know what might happen next.
He stayed upright, did Khan, and excelled in the 10th: He dropped Collazo twice, inspiring Collazo to complain about… something. In the 11th, both deservedly lost points, Collazo for low blows and Khan for holding. Khan was never in any trouble in the fight, which, again, says something about both men. The scores were 117-106 and 119-104 times two.
Khan didn’t resoundingly establish himself as a Mayweather opponent, nor did he disqualify himself. Did himself more good than harm, overall. Enough to sell people on the notion he could beat Mayweather, or very many top welterweights? Nah.