(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Benjy Swan: Former WBA welterweight champion Luis Collazo’s 2nd round stoppage win over Victor Ortiz (29-5-2, 22 KO’s) last night seems to have planted some ideas into Collazo’s head, because he’s now talking about wanting to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. next in Brooklyn, New York if he can get him to agree to fight him. Collazo, 32, was expected to lose to the 27-year-old Ortiz by countless fans.
Indeed, Collazo was seen as the sacrificial lamb by a lot of boxing fans before last night. He hadn’t beaten a really good fighter for many years, and he’d lost his two biggest fights of his career in controversial fashion against Ricky Hatton and Andre Berto. The fact that Collazo hadn’t fought a really solid fighter in 5 years was enough of a reason to pick against him in the Ortiz fight, even though Ortiz was coming off of a long year and a half layoff going into the fight.
Collazo said after the fight “I would love to fight Floyd. He’s the pound-for-pound fighter. If he would come to Brooklyn, I would love that.”
The problem that Collazo has is that he’s been out of it for way too long for Mayweather to want to pick someone like him to fight. It was great that Collazo got a win over Ortiz last night, but that fight wasn’t wanted by the amount of people that it needed to be in order to create a huge amount of interest in a Collazo-Mayweather fight. The Collazo-Ortiz fight was televised by Fox Sports rather than Showtime, meaning that it wasn’t seen by the tons of people that it needed to in order to get fans up for the fight.
Collazo can get a big fight if he can get past someone like WBA interim welterweight champion Keith Thurman. If Collazo can take out a top gun like Thurman, then he’ll get a great payday and put himself in position to fight for a world title against the winner of the Adrien Broner vs. Marcos Maidana fight for the WBA 147 lb. title.
Collazo nailed an overeager Ortiz with a right hook in the 2nd round that had Ortiz out on his feet. Collazo then put in a finishing right hook to the head that dropped Ortiz for the 10 count. Referee Benjy Esteves Jr. stopped the fight at 2:59 of the round. It was like a Rocky movie for Collazo, because he beat a guy that was considered to be much better than him in Collazo.