Collazo, Facing Thurman July 11,  Uses Doubters' Critiques As Fuel

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Outside looking in, this July 11 fight is the most meaningful of Luis Collazo's 15 year pro career.

He meets Keith Thurman July 11, on ESPN, in Florida, and a loss to the Floridian Thurman, it could be a neon sign that it's over.

No shame in that; man has been doing this for more than half his life, boxing. He's won a crown, acquitted himself well against solid boxers.

But he's not into entertaining those thoughts. I asked the 36-6 Brooklyner, back from two weeks of dialed in training in Puerto Rico, if he sees the Thurman clash as an ultra crossroads fights, or no…

“I've been in bigger fights with bigger names,” the 34-year-old smart boxer told me. Indeed; like his last outing, he met Amir Khan. Bigger name than Thurman (age 25; 25-0 with 21 KOs)….Ah, but that one didn't go to his liking. I was present, and I saw top tier Khan in action. Collazo, a lefty who sets traps, counters, sometimes leads, he gave himself a C plus in that fight. Physically, he told me, he felt solid, but mentally, not as much. Weight issues a few days before bothered him, he said. But all credit is due Khan, he's looking onward, upward, forward.

“That wasn't me,” Collazo told me. “Those that know me, know that wasn't the real me.” The real LC will be present against WBA welterweight champion Thurman, he said. Thurman is a good boxer, has good pop, Collazo noted, and he sees that Thurman is being pushed to a rare status, is being seen by some as a superstar in the near future, maybe the top building block in the PBC stable.

All good, says Collazo. He will use that as fuel. “That's OK, it's my job to beat him. I'm not looking for no handouts. I'm going to bring that belt back to Brooklyn.”

I poked for a hint of the gameplan, asked Collazo what I will be seeing in the first few rounds July 11 which will indciate he will pull the upset on the #PBConESPN card.

“Not the same fighter as the one who fought Khan,” he answered. “And I want to give thanks, Mike, to the doubters and the fans.”

Yes, he mentioned doubters first; he uses their critiques as extra motivation, he said, and that fuel will build a fire and people can see the result on July 11.

“I love the doubt,” he said, in closing.

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-michigan400 :

Few years ago LC would have schooled One Time. Now,, not so much. Im not that high on Thurman. Looks good but not great like hes been portrayed to be.


-stormcentre :

I like Collazo. Real working class fighter that never gives up. If the right people would have got behind him 5 years or so back, who knows how further along the track he may be now. He is crafty enough to present some issues for Thurman, particularly if Louis' evasiveness and other defensive skills can diffuse Keith's power/shots. Thurman will be bringing a lot of pressure for this fight though, really looking for the knockout and to better Kahn's efforts. Hopefully Collazo can lift the pace a little, but it's probably more than likely that he will find that doing that and taking those chances are not easy. :) :)


-Denise Alvarez :

We shall see Luis Collazo! I hope you don't fight in this fight as you did in your bout with Khan! I don't think Khan has improved that much since he's been with Hunter, but he beat Collazo! It's not like Collazo is a hot commodity, but alot of other competitive fighters were preoccupied and Collazo was willing to sign the contract to fight Thurman. Thurman is going to win this fight.


-Yogo :

Match ups. Pah. More boxing stupidity. Thurman should be facing Danny Swift and put Paulie v Collazo on the undercard. Politics sucks.


-Kid Blast :

Slaughter


-amayseng :

Waste of time. The Collazo that fought Khan was a joke. If that guy shows up again it will be a massacre.


-Radam G :

Waste of time. The Collazo that fought Khan was a joke. If that guy shows up again it will be a massacre.
Then it will be a massacre. The same "Jesus-fight-my-battles-for-me" dude is showing up. Holla!


-brownsugar :

Collazo is a pro, a solid blue collar workman who brings his spam and mayo sandwich cut into triangles, along with a boiled egg and two raisin oatmeal cookies. He will take his beating like a man...... without complaint, neither will he seek an early out or provide a list of ridiculous excuses,... He knows he's been hired to exhibit and confirm One-Times KO ability. If their are any flaws in Keith Thurman's technique that day, Collazo will exploit them with extreme prejudice. Thurman is the only welterweight who has challenged every other welterweight in the entire division with the exception of Kell Brook and Erroll Spence...... Porter said he would fight Thurman but conveniently that fight will not happen until the vague time frame known as...."when the time is right" has arrived..... Devon Alexander wants a title, but not the one Thurman has as he has expressed zero interest in challenging him for the title. And due to the lawsuit, No HBO fighter will even utter his name with the exception of the gung-ho Tim Bradley, however Bradley will be extremely fortunate to get past Sadam Ali whom he is scheduled to meet in his next fight. Tim apparently never gets a break. I think Mayweather should fight him. Thurman would be dangerous early but Floyd remains fresh as a daisy until the final bell and would most likely put on a clinic from the 8th round on. Having just faced Manny, you would think Floyd would be in top shape because he wouldn't have to knock off 8 months of ring rust. Anyway I'm getting off topic. I will tune in if only due to the curiosity of seeing if LC gets counted out on his face, on his back, or while being held up by the ropes.


-amayseng :

Collazo is a pro, a solid blue collar workman who brings his spam and mayo sandwich cut into triangles, along with a boiled egg and two raisin oatmeal cookies. He will take his beating like a man...... without complaint, neither will he seek an early out or provide a list of ridiculous excuses,... He knows he's been hired to exhibit and confirm One-Times KO ability. If their are any flaws in Keith Thurman's technique that day, Collazo will exploit them with extreme prejudice. Thurman is the only welterweight who has challenged every other welterweight in the entire division with the exception of Kell Brook and Erroll Spence...... Porter said he would fight Thurman but conveniently that fight will not happen until the vague time frame known as...."when the time is right" has arrived..... Devon Alexander wants a title, but not the one Thurman has as he has expressed zero interest in challenging him for the title. And due to the lawsuit, No HBO fighter will even utter his name with the exception of the gung-ho Tim Bradley, however Bradley will be extremely fortunate to get past Sadam Ali whom he is scheduled to meet in his next fight. Tim apparently never gets a break. I think Mayweather should fight him. Thurman would be dangerous early but Floyd remains fresh as a daisy until the final bell and would most likely put on a clinic from the 8th round on. Having just faced Manny, you would think Floyd would be in top shape because he wouldn't have to knock off 8 months of ring rust. Anyway I'm getting off topic. I will tune in if only due to the curiosity of seeing if LC gets counted out on his face, on his back, or while being held up by the ropes.
I think Floyd vs Thurman is the appropriate fight only if Floyd does not fight GGG who is the best challenge out there for him. Though I would have Floyd putting on a clinic from round 1-12 against Thurman.


-brownsugar :

I think Floyd vs Thurman is the appropriate fight only if Floyd does not fight GGG who is the best challenge out there for him. Though I would have Floyd putting on a clinic from round 1-12 against Thurman.
Too bad there is little chance of that fight happening, I wouldnt mind seeing Spence vs Thurman either.


-stormcentre :

Even Spence against Collazo or Berto to see how he handles guys that are considered to be akin to welterweight gatekeepers. :)


-brownsugar :

Agreed, Spence is not the new Sugar Ray, but he's already well ahead of many of his peers.