Luis Collazo’s career took a sharp upward swing after he knocked out fellow former welterweight titleholder Victor Ortiz in the second round on Thursday in Brooklyn. Ortiz’s second straight loss leaves his future in doubt.
Victor Ortiz’s fight against Luis Collazo on Thursday is a way for the former welterweight titleholder to get back into the consciousness of boxing fans after being out of the ring for 19 months. But don’t call it comeback, Ortiz says he never really left the gym.
Luis Collazo has put controversial losses and life hardships behind him and renewed his faith in God and family. He believes he has an inspirational performance in store for fellow former welterweight titleholder Victor Ortiz on Thursday in his hometown of Brooklyn.
Mikey Garcia, who defends his WBO 130-pound title against Juan Carlos Burgos on Saturday, had a banner 2013 but his promoter and trainer think he can have an even better 2014. There is talk of a future dream fight with Manny Pacquiao, but Garcia is focused on the present.
Boxing late-comer Bryant Jennings faces unbeaten Polish heavyweight Artur Szpilka on Saturday on HBO as he continues his quest to separate himself from a not-so-crowded field of U.S. contenders and position himself for a run at a world title.
Juan Carlos Burgos has come up short in two previous world title shots but the 26-year-old junior lightweight contender enters his WBO title bout with heavily favored Mikey Garcia on Saturday with more strength, confidence and his original trainer.
Paul Malignaggi turned his “Brawl for Brooklyn” against Zab Judah into a pure boxing match for borough bragging rights by out-jabbing and outworking his fellow former champ en route to a one-sided and somewhat uneventful decision.
Shane Mosley announced his retirement to the media in the press room at Barclays Center in Brooklyn for the Malignaggi-Judah fight on Saturday night. “It’s a young man’s game,” he said. “It’s time to step aside and let some of these young guys do their thing.”
Former junior welterweight titleholder Amir Khan, who is in New York to work Showtime’s Zab Judah-Paul Malignaggi broadcast on Saturday, says a fight between him and Floyd Mayweather makes more sense than any other match available to boxing’s No. 1 attraction.
Zab Judah has been in boxing so long – 18 years as a pro – that he inspired Paul Malignaggi when his fellow Brooklynite was an amateur. Judah says he once sparred with a young Malignaggi, who says it never happened, but the two vets will definitely trade leather when they fight as pros on Saturday.
Sometimes serious head injuries, such as the brain bleed that still-comatose heavyweight Magomed Abdusalamov suffered during his fight with Mike Perez, are unavoidable in the brutal sport of professional boxing but trainers could do more to teach their boxers to avoid dangerous head punches.
Curtis Stevens is calm, cool and confident going into his challenge to WBA middleweight titleholder Gennady Golovkin on Saturday in New York City. Stevens, a Brooklyn-born puncher, was eager to face the division’s “most feared man,” drawing praise from HBO executives and Golovkin’s management.
Karo Murat says Bernard Hopkins is slowing down, but the 48-year-old light heavyweight titleholder isn’t expected to look his age when he defends his IBF belt against the 18-years-younger challenger on Saturday in Atlantic City, N.J.
Paul Malignaggi spent more time blasting the boxing media during the Tuesday kick-off press conference for his Dec. 7 fight with Zab Judah at Barclays Center in Brooklyn than he did talking about the showdown with his fellow Brooklynite veteran.
Manny Pacquiao says he looks forward to proving his career isn’t over by beating Brandon Rios on Nov. 23 in Macau. Rios says he will train for the prime version of Pacquiao, but the two fighters have been respectful during their press tour, which landed in New York City’s Chinatown on Tuesday.
Mike Tyson has evolved into the polar opposite of the menacing figure he was the night he bit Evanader Holyfield’s ear. Tyson spoke openly about the incident at a recent media gathering for “The Bite Fight,” a book that chronicles the events of the infamous 1997 heavyweight championship.
In a wide-ranging interview with reporters before the press conference for his Sept. 14 showdown with Saul Alvarez at Times Square on Monday, Floyd Mayweather tackled a variety of subjects, including PEDs in boxing, greedy sanctioning organizations, poor judging and of course fighting Alvarez.