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Collazo On Khan Loss: "Mentally I Wasn't There"

BY The Sweet Science ON May 16, 2014
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FORMER WELTERWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION LUIS COLLAZO RESTING AFTER LOSS AGAINST AMIR KHAN IN THE CO-MAIN EVENT OF "THE MOMENT: MAYWEATHER VS. MAIDANA"

PLANS FOR RING RETURN AT THE END OF THE SUMMER

BROOKLYN, NY (May 15, 2014) - After a hard fought defeat against Amir Khan on "THE MOMENT: Mayweather vs. Maidana" undercard on May 3, former welterweight world champion Luis Collazo returned to his home borough of Brooklyn to rest and spend time with his family before returning to the ring at the end of the summer.

Collazo suffered a minor injury to his left hand during his fight against Khan. According to his doctor, the tendons in his left hand will take between four and six weeks to return back to normal.

"The hardest thing about the fight was that I lost," said Collazo. "I was there physically, but that's about it. Mentally I wasn't there. Right now I'm taking some time off to rest, allow my body to heal and get back to work."

Collazo's longtime trainer Nirmal Lorick shed some light on the timetable for Collazo's return saying that the former world champion will rest his hand before a hopeful ring return in late August or early September.

Before the loss to Khan, Collazo put on a spectacular performance against former world champion Victor Ortiz on Jan. 30 in an early "Knockout of the Year" candidate. That win gave Collazo capped off four straight victories heading into his May 3 showdown against Khan.

"Khan did what he needed to do to win. We are confident that Luis will come back form this fight mentally stronger and ready for whoever is next," said Collazo's manager Wilson Naranjo.

Collazo has stayed positive since the loss and certainly isn't ready to hang up his gloves, "It's just the beginning. I'm on God's time, not my time," said Collazo. "To all my fans, I'm sorry for letting you down. To all the critics, keep doing your job. Peace and love, God bless."

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Radam G says:

Wow! I expected for him to use that "God('$) angle somehow.

Well, go on then, Luis "God Time" Collazo!

Just maybe God Got Cause up in angel or satan traffic or something. Danggit! Hehehe! Holla!

amayseng says:

Wow, some guys no matter the sport fold when it comes to showing up at the biggest opportunity of a lifetime.


How can one "not be mentally there" for this event and opportunity?


Is it preparation? is it genetics? is it experience?


The Amayseng bloodline has always been clutch in crunch time. My dad, me and my son. All clutch all the time.

maybe it is genetic.


either way Collazo should be embarrassed. He will never get an opportunity again.

The Commish says:

"Mentally I wasn't there," says Luis Collazo. Hmm.

Mental funk. Injured hand. Collazo can give us all the excuses he wants, even if every one is true. The fact is, he was schooled by Amir Khan. It was a damn good club fighter against a world-class contender.

Here's hoping Collazo enjoys his rest period. His bumps and bruises, dings and dents will go away. He can then get back into training to rebuild his fighting machine.

But if he can't build and master his mental state during the course of a bout, he's destined for a career of mediocrity.

-Randy G.

Radam G says:

"Mentally I wasn't there," says Luis Collazo. Hmm.

Mental funk. Injured hand. Collazo can give us all the excuses he wants, even if every one is true. The fact is, he was schooled by Amir Khan. It was a damn good club fighter against a world-class contender.

Here's hoping Collazo enjoys his rest period. His bumps and bruises, dings and dents will go away. He can then get back into training to rebuild his fighting machine.

But if he can't build and master his mental state during the course of a bout, he's destined for a career of mediocrity.

-Randy G.


Since the game is about 85 percent mental. I guess that only 15 percent of Collazo showed up. Holla!

oubobcat says:

"Mentally I wasn't there," says Luis Collazo. Hmm.

Mental funk. Injured hand. Collazo can give us all the excuses he wants, even if every one is true. The fact is, he was schooled by Amir Khan. It was a damn good club fighter against a world-class contender.

Here's hoping Collazo enjoys his rest period. His bumps and bruises, dings and dents will go away. He can then get back into training to rebuild his fighting machine.

But if he can't build and master his mental state during the course of a bout, he's destined for a career of mediocrity.

-Randy G.


I was surprised by that comment as well. He has fought on big stages before and is a former world champion himself. Was this particular stage just too big?

I am not buying it. He fought hard and lost. There is nothing to be ashamed of and no need to make excuses. Did he maybe get frustrated in the ring? Probably, things weren't going his way in the ring for the most part. Khan was the better man that night. That's it, plain and simple.

All that said, I like Collazo a lot and he is in a fortunate position of being in a deep weight class with a lot of potential fights out there. He will get more opportunities and will make for some interesting fights.

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