"The Moment" undercard was full of action and excitement.
In the co-featured bout of the evening, Amir Khan made a successful debut at 147 pounds, dropping former welterweight champion Luis Collazo three times en route to a wide unanimous-decision win.
Scores were 117-106, 119-104 and 119-104 for Khan.
Khan (29-3, 19 KO) used his superior hand speed, a stiff jab and a sometimes questionably legal strategy of holding Collazo whenever he got close, to frustrate and drop his foe three times.
Collazo (35-6, 18 KO), known as a boxer, eschewed that strategy early in the fight, instead seeking to follow Khan around with his hands down in the hopes of landing a home-run shot.
That shot never came, and the Brooklyn native became exceedingly frustrated as the fight went on, openly complaining to referee Vic Drakulich about the Brit’s holding. Both fighters were deduced points—Khan for holding, Collazo for low blows—in Round 8, but it didn’t effect the result.
Khan was the clearly superior fighter, and whatever you think of his tactics, he looked impressive in victory.
In undercard action, former three-time world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner made a successful return to the ring, using his superior hand speed to easily outpoint light-hitting Carlos Molina over 10 rounds.
Scores were 100-90, 99-91 and 98-92 for Broner.
Broner (28-1, 22 KO) seemed to struggle early, settling into lulls that allowed Molina to outwork him in spots during the opening rounds. But the California native just didn’t have the power to really trouble him, and as the fight went on, “The Problem” opened him up with fast scoring combinations.
Molina never stopped pressing, and he never quit on the fight, but it was largely the mismatch that most expected.
In the opening contest, super middleweight prospect J’Leon Love survived a brutal fifth round, that included him tasting the canvas, to dominate down the stretch and capture a unanimous decision over Marco Antonio Periban.
Scores were 97-92, 96-93 and 95-93 for Love.
Love (18-0, 10 KO) took a knee after a Periban barrage in Round 5, and it appeared that referee Jay Nady was close to stopping the contest. But he survived the round and used his jab and movement to dominate the rest of the contest and secure an important victory.