Viva Collazo!

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Viva Collazo!

By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent

They call him ‘God’s Way’, and on Thursday, February 2, 2017, at the Horseshoe Casino in Tunica, Mississippi, God’s way found a way to career resurrection, a southpaw welterweight revived.

Luis Collazo, 37-7 with 20 knockouts, Queens, New York, knocked out Sammy Vasquez, 21-2 with 15 knockouts, Monessen, Pennsylvania, at 1:27 of the sixth round. For the former World Boxing Association World Welterweight champion, a veteran of five WBA and WBC world title bouts, the ending of this bout was definitive.

At age 35, Collazo wants one more shot at a world title. With Keith Thurman versus Danny Garcia already a done deal, a rematch between Collazo and Amir Khan is unlikely, give Khan moved up one weight class to fight Canelo Alvarez. The best three possibilities Collazo has on the table is to challenge Manny Pacquiao for the WBO World Welterweight title, Kell Brook for the IBF World Welterweight title, or WBA interim World Welterweight champion David Avanesyan in 2017. He could also take a stay busy fight, and look to fight the winner of the Thurman-Garcia bout coming up. Or, he could fight for a vacant title opportunity if it arises against someone like Errol Spence Jr., Jeff Horn, Antonio Orozco, Jose Benevidez, Frankie Gomez, Tewa Kiram, Pedro Campa, or Konstantin Ponomarev, unbeaten contenders on the rise (or pretenders if exposed).
Luis Collazo is not a gatekeeper. Like Kermit Cintron, he’s a former champion remaining in the welterweight division as a world title wannabe, looking for a last shot. As a ‘name’ in the division, any win is an announcement Collazo merits another shot. In 2017, after a 17 year ring career, Luis Collazo might just get his swan song. Robert Brizel’s education is how to fight a spectacular comeback is seen in the hard work ethic of Luis Collazo.

Robert Brizel
Robert Brizel
A native of New York’s Catskill Mountains, long a haven to boxers in training, New York City educator and sports writer Robert Brizel holds five university degrees in the education field, and has been writing about boxing since 1975. Robert has been an internet only boxing writer and photographer since 2008, and previously wrote for Saddoboxing. An old school writer rare in that he writes and takes his own boxing photos simultaneously, he seeks out different angles to create original stories. Robert is a frequent sight reporting boxing events in Atlantic City Casinos and New York City. Now expanding his writing to add MMA. Married with a daughter. A sharp dresser, Robert’s electric personality brings class and to events he covers. The only active boxing writer today licensed as a boxing manager and corner man, Robert works the corner in New York and New Jersey on occasion, adding a unique perspective and dimension to his perceptions of the fight game today. Also a trained vocalist who performed on the Catskill hotel nightclub stage for a decade as a child
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