Khan defeats Collazo in welterweight bout

Posted at 05/04/14 12:57 PM

Amir Khan (L) of Britain connects on Luis Collazo of the U.S. during their welterweight fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, May 3, 2014. Photo by Steve Marcus, Reuters.

LAS VEGAS - British star Amir Khan won a unanimous decision over former champion Luis Collazo in his first fight after moving up to the welterweight division on Saturday.

The 27-year-old Khan, who was fighting for the first time after a 12-month layoff, knocked Collazo down three times in the non-title fight at the MGM Grand Hotel.

Khan looked impressive in the 147-pound (67 kg) division debut, winning on all three judges' scorecards.

Two judges scored it 119-104 while the other had it 117-106.

Khan knocked Collazo down for the first time in the fourth round and then twice in the 10th round.

Khan, a former light welterweight world champion, weighed 161 pounds when he stepped into the ring on Saturday, 14 pounds over his weight at Friday's weigh-in.

Collazo weighed 16 pounds more than his 147 pound weigh-in weight.

The bout was on the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather-Marcos Maidana welterweight unification title fight.

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