Welterweights Keith Thurman, touted as maybe the next big boxing thing, and ultra-vet Luis Collazo got it on in the main event of the first PBC on ESPN card, in Tampa, on Saturday night. Collazo was cut, and his right eye looked bad after round seven; the doc looked at it, and asked him how he was, he said he couldn’t see, and bowed out, giving Thurman the hometown win.
Thurman, age 25, was 25-0, while Collazo, age 34, was 36-6.
Overall, this wasn’t the demo job Thurman wanted or needed to press Floyd Mayweather to consider him. He was on the back foot a lot, Collazo tagged him to the body and while he was up on the cards, I’ve seen him look more impressive.
In the first, Thurman stalked while LC moved. The lefty Louie wanted to be slick, counter, slide, and he did so decently in the first. In the second, LC ran a lot. He did dodge punches on the ropes well. Late he ate a few rights. In the third, Thurman allowed LC to advance on him more. KT cracked rights, wasn’t much with the jab. He clipped LC with a hook coming in midway through.
In the fourth, rights to the body worked for KT. Lefts too…LC was the stalker again, and KT clanged left hooks to good effect. In the fifth, KT started strong. A right landed hard on LC. The left eye on LC was marked. KT moved, moved, was slippery, while LC stalked but was a step behind. Then he landed lefts. One to the liver hurt. In the sixth, we saw LC aggressing. KT slid left, then right, pot-shotted with a right, and bolted. He landed a heavy right late.
In round seven, Lu was the forward mover. Blood came from Lu’s right eye…It was a pretty tight round. The fight ended then because the cut on the Collazo right eye looked bad, and he said, when the doc asked, “I can’t see.” He said no mas, essentially, and the win was Thurmanss. Analyst Teddy Atlas opined that he didn’t step up when he could have, ouch.