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Amir Khan outclasses Luis Collazo in Las Vegas clash

Luis Collazo was defeated by Khan, who had stepped into the arena after a year-long hiatus from boxing

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After outclassing a former title holder, British-Pakistani boxer Amir Khan earned the silver welterweight title at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

Luis Collazo was defeated by Khan, who had stepped into the arena after a year-long hiatus from boxing and easily scored three knockdowns.

He outboxed Collazo with 119-104, 119-104 and 117-106.

Khan hoped his victory would be enough of a statement to put himself against undefeated welterweight Flyod Mayweather Jr in the next fight. On Saturday night, Mayweather had bypassed him and had elected to fight Marcos Maidana instead.

Mayweather’s victory against Maidana has set him up for either a possible rematch with Maidana or a showdown against Khan.

“He [Mayweather] is getting older and showing a lot of mistakes that he didn’t used to do. It is a great time to catch him,” said Khan.

Khan postponed a match with Mayweather because the initial scheduled date clashed with Ramadan, leaving Khan little time to prepare for the match, the Daily Mail reported Friday.

While the holy month of Ramadan, in which Muslims fast from dawn to dusk, ends late July, Khan, who is a two-time world light welterweight champion, said he needed three months in training camp to be ready for the match.

Khan mulled late October or early November as the best time for him to return back to the ring.

Due to the rescheduling, Khan first wrestled Collazo.

(With AFP)