Amir Khan scored a good win on his full debut at welterweight against Luis Collazo, winning on scorecards of 119-104, 119-104, 117-106—the margin of victory boosted by three knockdowns, one in Round 4 and two in Round 10.
The Englishman probably needed a KO win to put himself firmly in the shop window to fight Floyd Mayweather, especially after Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter managed that feat recently against Paulie Malignaggi and Julio Diaz respectively.
The Guardian writer Kevin Mitchell even suggested that the efficient manner of Khan's victory may have lowered his chance of a Mayweather fight, quoting a Showtime insider who said they "liked the old Amir—the one who gambled."
Given that Ramadan always made a date with Mayweather in September unlikely, and that Marcos Maidana may now get a rematch, Khan is 12 months away from a shot at Money at the very least.
Khan would need another good win before then to force the fight and there are plenty of viable opponents—Porter, Thurman, Robert Guerrero, a rematch with Maidana or a weight-jumping Danny Garcia, an all-British clash with Kell Brook—and that's disregarding the Top Rank/HBO fighters.
By beating Collazo, Khan has proved he belongs in the welterweight division. Now he must prove he belongs at the sport's top table. Here are the top takeaways from Khan-Collazo.