Collazo Cut, Can’t Continue, Thurman Wins By TKO

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.

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COMMENTS

-brownsugar :

This was a lose - lose situation for Thurman, the charismatic kid with the heavy hands would have had to score an immaculate early KO to stay in the good graces of fans who have the expectations of Keith being too good and Collazo being that bad. The trouble is, Collazo was a former champion who lost some very controversial decisions against world class athletes and has a quasi-slick-quasi-berzerker style of fighting that can be very unpredictable. Khan beat the hide off of collazo then went on to struggle Algieri, .... the A-B-C theory would not have been applicable for this fight. But too his credit Thurman was patient and much less wreckless than in previous fights. He also showed amazing resilience by recovering from the kind of liver shot that leaves most fighter debilitated, holding their gut on one knee for far more than ten seconds. A somewhat inconsistent showing but overall it was a fun fight. I hope this performance lures Thurman's rivals out of the woodwork. He's been without a willing challenger for his title for far too long. Maybe now the Porters, Alexanders, Thomas Dulormes, and Bradley's will step up. I don't think Thurman is the best welterweight, but he's far from the worst..... And he knows how to behave like a fighter. (As Teddy likes to say)


-Denise Alvarez :

From the 4th round when Collazo gave Thurman that liver shot, Collazo became aggressive and began stalking Thurman, even putting him up against the ropes. I like Thurman, l didn't like seeing that and I've seen him perform better. If Collazo was hurt, it didn't look like it, he came from behind. I honestly have to say if Collazo hadn't quit, who knows what would have happened.


-Radam G :

Collazo is of little faith to be such a Jesus freak. He must be lying that Jesus is always fighting his fights for him. Well he ought retire Jesus from fighting for him. I think maybe Jesus lost too much blood from the beating and thorn crowning that those Romans put him. Holla!


-SouthPawFlo :

Not Impressed... Don't like seeing a guy like Thurman being stalked around the ring but Luis Collazo.... Let me say it again Luis Collazo...


-SouthPawFlo :

Was Thurman really gonna "Survive" 4 more rounds without getting hurt again??? This cut may have Saved Thurman's Career because if he goes 12 hard rounds with a fighter that Khan smoked easily people may have a different perspective of Mr. 1 Time....


-amayseng :

Not Impressed... Don't like seeing a guy like Thurman being stalked around the ring but Luis Collazo.... Let me say it again Luis Collazo...
agreed


-leon30001 :

Keith ain't da truth. Brook beats him.


-stormcentre :

I am both surprised and un-suprised to see the fight end the way it did. However, not surprised to see Collazo expose some question marks in Thurman's game. Teddy Atlas, at times, was painful and over heroic with the commentary; what's new I guess. :)


-deepwater2 :

Collazo was cut but could have continued. A cut man is there for a reason. Thurman looked horrible in his homecoming. He was a bit one dimensional and was hurt more than once.he should of adjusted and came back strong after being hurt. Instead he moved and let Collazo be the aggressor. Thurman has not been tested much in terms of his opposition. That is a bad long term investment because the boxer needs to learn in the ring and be pushed into dealing with different styles. Collazo wanted a way out, Thurman gets his ko on the books.


-DaveB :

It was surprising to see Thurman backing up like that. He is supposed to be a predator. It is good to know that he can box but I was looking for him to take control of the fight like he was in his house. He not doubt was ahead on the cards but it wasn't an impressive outing. He did take that very hard body shot and has to be commended for that plus I don't know how badly his left hand was hurt. Still I think it fundamentally has to do with his ability. I rate him as a solid B fighter not the A+ he is being touted as. Time will tell as he steps up.


-SouthPawFlo :

They calling him Keith "Run-Time" Thurman


-DaveB :

That's funny. BTW, I think Brook beats anyone besides Mayweather.


-Shoulder Roll Defense :

Some folks on this form crack me up. Who has Brook defeated that is world class besides Porter? Depending on how you assess talent and skills, Thurman's cup is either half full or half empty. In my opinion the cup is more than half full. His last four or five fights have illustrated that he is a multi-dimensional boxer that can box coming forward or backing up. He has very underated footwork and defense. I knew that he was cheap steak tough mentally and physically when Diego Chaves landed some hellacious body and head shots and Keith was hurt but undeterred, ultimately stopping Chaves. Keith took Collazo's heart last night. Once Collazo hit Thurman with his best artillery and Thurman didn't crumble, Collazo psychologically quit. Bring on Brook, Porter, Spence, and anybody else willing to do battle at 147. Floyd is too smart at this stage of his career to take the risk and I don't blame him.


-DaveB :

It is always good when we can provide someone with a laugh. However what new kid on the block can't that be said about? Who have they beaten yet? Brook has called everyone out. Thurman has done the same thing. I admire both guys for doing this. But they are both high risk low reward fighters right now so until they mount up enough wins against anyone who will get in the ring with them that is the question. When the fans have seen enough wins even against less that mediocre opposition it will be attractive for other fighters to fight them. Unfortunately there isn't too much they can do about that. Thurman has a lot of heart, punches well and can box and move. I like what I've seen more in Brook and how he goes about his work than what I've seen so far in Thurman. Brook seems to more of a technician than Thurman who sometimes gets a little too reckless for my taste. It seems that he gets caught up in the fact that he is this one punch knock out artist aura and it leaves him open to getting caught himself. Thurman has skills, Brook seems more polished. These guys are rising to the top or are there and hopefully they will face one another soon and this can be settled in the ring, if not outright, by the fact that they will face the other elite fighters in their division. I'm going with Brook. Once again time will tell.


-Radam G :

Some folks on this form crack me up. Who has Brook defeated that is world class besides Porter? Depending on how you assess talent and skills, Thurman's cup is either half full or half empty. In my opinion the cup is more than half full. His last four or five fights have illustrated that he is a multi-dimensional boxer that can box coming forward or backing up. He has very underated footwork and defense. I knew that he was cheap steak tough mentally and physically when Diego Chaves landed some hellacious body and head shots and Keith was hurt but undeterred, ultimately stopping Chaves. Keith took Collazo's heart last night. Once Collazo hit Thurman with his best artillery and Thurman didn't crumble, Collazo psychologically quit. Bring on Brook, Porter, Spence, and anybody else willing to do battle at 147. Floyd is too smart at this stage of his career to take the risk and I don't blame him.
Collazo was probably waiting on Jesus to step in and finish "One Time" Thurman off. Hehehehe! Dude is delusional or he would have finish Thurman off with a ton of shots. KT did not get out of trouble. LC let him out. Holla!


-Shoulder Roll Defense :

Collazo was probably waiting on Jesus to step in and finish "One Time" Thurman off. Hehehehe! Dude is delusional or he would have finish Thurman off with a ton of shots. KT did not get out of trouble. LC let him out. Holla!
A lion is the most dangerous when they injured and Callazo knows that. If he would have opened up too much he might have got caught with stray bullet lol. Callazo is a slickster, not a finisher.


-Radam G :

A lion is the most dangerous when they injured and Callazo knows that. If he would have opened up too much he might have got caught with stray bullet lol. Callazo is a slickster, not a finisher.
We are on different planets when it comes to Collazo and Thurman. Thurman is a lion. And you defeat a hurt lion by not confronting him in his vision line, but by giving him diversions and side-to-side movement. I'm from a jungle full of felines. Not lions, but tigers and Cougars and Bobcats. Trust me. They have plenty of weaknesses and are easy to turn into pussycats. The lion is the easiest one. I've seen water buffaloes beat them down. Don't believe city syet that the lion is king of the jungle. That it just said because of his big fur. Thurman was easy picking and ready to go down on one knee, but changed his mind when Collazo stay in front of him and slowed up firing shots. And showed no side-to-side action to cause Thurman to lose focus and direct sight of the target. No! Collazo ain't ($ic) no slickster. "One Time" Thurman was on this night in question. He conned The Jesus outta Collazo. Holla!


-SouthPawFlo :

I don't like The Keith Thurman who fights on his back foot, with his power and athleticism he would be smoking guys he's struggling with... Bundu fight he showed nothing, Guererro took him to war in the last 4 rounds and Keith Faded badly and lastnight he was let off the hook... I think Brook stops Thurman because he is the more technicially sound fighter, Thurman loads up in a lot of shots and he can't, or won't fight on the inside at all... People talk about Floyd's movement a lot but he's stood in a corner and traded and countered guys for all his career, but not Keith "Run Time" Thurman, when his back touches the ropes, he hauls *** to get outta there.... The most significant punch of the night was landed by Collazo, and that says a lot based on how Khan took Collazo to school... Not Impressed with "Run Time"


-stormcentre :

Some folks on this form crack me up. Who has Brook defeated that is world class besides Porter? Depending on how you assess talent and skills, Thurman's cup is either half full or half empty. In my opinion the cup is more than half full. His last four or five fights have illustrated that he is a multi-dimensional boxer that can box coming forward or backing up. He has very underated footwork and defense. I knew that he was cheap steak tough mentally and physically when Diego Chaves landed some hellacious body and head shots and Keith was hurt but undeterred, ultimately stopping Chaves. Keith took Collazo's heart last night. Once Collazo hit Thurman with his best artillery and Thurman didn't crumble, Collazo psychologically quit. Bring on Brook, Porter, Spence, and anybody else willing to do battle at 147. Floyd is too smart at this stage of his career to take the risk and I don't blame him.
Hey SRD, Hows things? I agree that Thurman battled through some adversity and did OK with Chavez. Actually, he has had some reasonably tough fights over the last few years. I haven't really noticed Keith's footwork as being above average, but now that you mention it I will look out for that. Notwithstanding my above post/comments; I think - with respect to the Thurman V Collazo fight - Collazo (could have fought on but that he) knew that backing out of the fight at that time would not at all be received negatively by the powers that be. I have nothing other than Louis; body language, the look of his cut, and also his submissive comments (pertaining to whom Haymon wants him to fight next), to go on - as I make that comment though. I think - at this stage of their careers - Collazo is a more polished and better all round boxer than Keith is - but Keith's youth, hunger, stamina, and "power" probably even the scales up a bit. And - despite Collazo exposing a few things about Thurman (as any good veteran will do - particularly in the early rounds - when in against a young buck) Keith's youth, hunger, stamina, and "power" would have probably begun to show in the championship rounds. The Collazo that fought Hatton and Mosley may be a different story, but we're not talking about that. I would like to see Thurman fight Rios, Brook, Bradley, or even Pacquaio. Onto the subject of Brook; previously I was not to big on him as well. I was not negative about him, as I knew he came from a very good gym and background, but just hadn't seen in him what others were talking about. So (genuinely) know what you mean there with "who has he fought; Porter?" However - and I am not trying to turn you around here (as I respect your opinion) about Brook, more trying to see if you can validate what I think it is I see (because I respect your opinion) - once I got a chance to study a few Brook fights other than the one with Porter (as that was a messy affair that makes it hard to see what Brook can do) I saw some real potential there. The guy has a good sense of pace, he can switch hit in a stance agonstic/indifferent manner, he has good balance, good power, very good footwork, and Brook also has those good sharp reflexes that some of the other top guys from Ingles' gym had. Check out the punch variety and how he took apart Carson Jones (not a top level performer I know), for some examples. I would like to see Brook V Bradley; to see if Brook can exact revenge for his former stablemate Witter; whom Bradley beat to get his first title I believe. Even Brook V Thurman would be good too. In my opinion Floyd should fight Brook for his last fight too, as Brook is the only welterweight guy left with a credible belt. Take a look at Brook and tell me what you think and whether you dis/agree with how my view changed. Cheers. :) :)


-stormcentre :

Some folks on this form crack me up. Who has Brook defeated that is world class besides Porter? Depending on how you assess talent and skills, Thurman's cup is either half full or half empty. In my opinion the cup is more than half full. His last four or five fights have illustrated that he is a multi-dimensional boxer that can box coming forward or backing up. He has very underated footwork and defense. I knew that he was cheap steak tough mentally and physically when Diego Chaves landed some hellacious body and head shots and Keith was hurt but undeterred, ultimately stopping Chaves. Keith took Collazo's heart last night. Once Collazo hit Thurman with his best artillery and Thurman didn't crumble, Collazo psychologically quit. Bring on Brook, Porter, Spence, and anybody else willing to do battle at 147. Floyd is too smart at this stage of his career to take the risk and I don't blame him.
Hey SRD, Hows things? I agree that Thurman battled through some adversity and did OK with Chavez. Actually, he has had some reasonably tough fights over the last few years. I haven't really noticed Keith's footwork as being above average, but now that you mention it I will look out for that. Notwithstanding my above post/comments; I think - with respect to the Thurman V Collazo fight - Collazo (could have fought on but that he) knew that backing out of the fight at that time would not at all be received negatively by the powers that be. I have nothing other than Louis; body language, the look of his cut, and also his submissive comments (pertaining to whom Haymon wants him to fight next), to go on - as I make that comment though. Collazo could have fought on and the (main) reason he didn't was Thurman; agreed. I think - at this stage of their careers - theoretically Collazo is a more polished and better all round boxer than Keith is. But Keith's youth, hunger, determination, stamina, and "power" probably evens the scales up a bit. And - despite Collazo exposing a few things about Thurman (as any good veteran will do - particularly in the early rounds - when in against a young buck) Keith's youth, determination, hunger, stamina, and "power" would have probably begun to show in the championship rounds. The Collazo that fought Hatton and Mosley may be a different story, but we're not talking about that. I would like to see Thurman fight Rios, Brook, Bradley, or even Pacquaio. Onto the subject of Brook; previously I was not to big on him as well. I was not negative about him, as I knew he came from a very good gym and background- just I hadn't seen in him what others were talking about. So I (genuinely) know what you mean there with "who has he fought; Porter?" However - and I am not trying to turn you around here (as I respect your opinion) about Brook, more trying to see if you can validate what I think it is I see (because I am interested in a second opinion from you) - once I got a chance to study a few Brook fights other than the one with Porter (as that was a messy affair that makes it hard to see what Brook can do) I saw some real potential there. The guy has a good sense of pace, he can switch hit in a stance agonstic/indifferent manner which compliments his ability to usually be in a good position and offsets when he's not, he has good balance, good power, very good footwork, not a bad defence, and Brook also has those good sharp reflexes that some of the other top guys from Ingles' gym had. Check out the punch variety and how he took apart Carson Jones (not a top level performer I know), for some examples. I would like to see Brook V Bradley; to see if Brook can exact revenge for his former stablemate Witter; whom Bradley beat to get his first title I believe. Even Brook V Thurman would be good too. In my opinion Floyd should fight Brook for his last fight too, as Brook is the only welterweight guy left with a credible belt. Take a look at Brook and tell me what you think and whether you dis/agree with how my view changed. Cheers. :) :)


-brownsugar :

Hey SRD, Hows things? I agree that Thurman battled through some adversity and did OK with Chavez. Actually, he has had some reasonably tough fights over the last few years. I haven't really noticed Keith's footwork as being above average, but now that you mention it I will look out for that. Notwithstanding my above post/comments; I think - with respect to the Thurman V Collazo fight - Collazo (could have fought on but that he) knew that backing out of the fight at that time would not at all be received negatively by the powers that be. I have nothing other than Louis; body language, the look of his cut, and also his submissive comments (pertaining to whom Haymon wants him to fight next), to go on - as I make that comment though. Collazo could have fought on and the (main) reason he didn't was Thurman; agreed. I think - at this stage of their careers - theoretically Collazo is a more polished and better all round boxer than Keith is. But Keith's youth, hunger, determination, stamina, and "power" probably evens the scales up a bit. And - despite Collazo exposing a few things about Thurman (as any good veteran will do - particularly in the early rounds - when in against a young buck) Keith's youth, determination, hunger, stamina, and "power" would have probably begun to show in the championship rounds. The Collazo that fought Hatton and Mosley may be a different story, but we're not talking about that. I would like to see Thurman fight Rios, Brook, Bradley, or even Pacquaio. Onto the subject of Brook; previously I was not to big on him as well. I was not negative about him, as I knew he came from a very good gym and background- just I hadn't seen in him what others were talking about. So I (genuinely) know what you mean there with "who has he fought; Porter?" However - and I am not trying to turn you around here (as I respect your opinion) about Brook, more trying to see if you can validate what I think it is I see (because I am interested in a second opinion from you) - once I got a chance to study a few Brook fights other than the one with Porter (as that was a messy affair that makes it hard to see what Brook can do) I saw some real potential there. The guy has a good sense of pace, he can switch hit in a stance agonstic/indifferent manner which compliments his ability to usually be in a good position and offsets when he's not, he has good balance, good power, very good footwork, not a bad defence, and Brook also has those good sharp reflexes that some of the other top guys from Ingles' gym had. Check out the punch variety and how he took apart Carson Jones (not a top level performer I know), for some examples. I would like to see Brook V Bradley; to see if Brook can exact revenge for his former stablemate Witter; whom Bradley beat to get his first title I believe. Even Brook V Thurman would be good too. In my opinion Floyd should fight Brook for his last fight too, as Brook is the only welterweight guy left with a credible belt. Take a look at Brook and tell me what you think and whether you dis/agree with how my view changed. Cheers. :) :)
Very well said by both SRD and SC. When they showed a replay of the liver shot, I don't know what kept Thurman on his feet, he was virtually paralyzed for a split second, and trapped in a corner .......when it comes to getting hit in the liver, or the testicles, you only have to make proper contact to induce excruciating pain. And Collazo got in a better than average shot. That alone showed me a lot about Thurman. Not elite like Floyd but very solid otherwise. He will beat most of the rest. Bring on Porter, Brook, or Bradley, three good potential fights.


-stormcentre :

Yep SRD comes out with some good, accurate and reliable posts. Agree, the liver shots - especially when you're tired, hurt, and/or expending energy, or all - can change a fight up; provided the author of them has the ability to finish. :)