Luis Collazo

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This article is about the American boxer. For the Puerto Rican politician, see Luis Collazo Rivera.
Luis Collazo
Rated at Welterweight
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Reach 72 in (183 cm)
Nationality American
Born (1981-04-22) April 22, 1981 (age 35)
Brooklyn, New York City,
New York, U.S.
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 43
Wins 36
Wins by KO 19
Losses 7

Luis Collazo (born April 22, 1981) was an American professional boxer of Puerto Rican descent.[1] He is a former WBA welterweight champion and multiple time world title challenger.

Amateur career[edit]

Before turning pro on May 16, 2000, Collazo had a record of 97-25 as an amateur.

Professional career[edit]

He grew up in Brooklyn on Georgia Avenue and attended P.S. 290 and I.S. 302. He is of Puerto Rican descent. Collazo won the WBA Welterweight title on April 2, 2005 with a 12-round split decision victory over defending champion Jose Antonio Rivera. However, the WBA had elevated Cory Spinks to "Undisputed Champion" status before he had lost his titles to Zab Judah, so Collazo was not the definite champion of that organization. On January 7, 2006, Judah lost a 12-round decision to Carlos Baldomir in New York. Baldomir had chosen to pay the sanctioning fee of the WBC only; as a result Judah's WBA undisputed title was vacated. With Judah's loss, Collazo then attained recognition as the WBA's sole welterweight champion. On May 13, 2006, he lost the title to Ricky Hatton in a very tight and controversial affair which went the distance. On February 10, 2007 he lost a 12 round unanimous decision versus Sugar Shane Mosley in which he injured his hand early in the fight and continued on till the end. After working back from the injury through rehab and aggressive training, by long-time trainer Nirmal Lorick, Luis fought on the Roy Jones Jr vs. Félix Trinidad card, January 19, 2008 at Madison Square Gardens. He won a one-sided victory against Edvan Dos Santos Barros (9-5-1, 7 KOs), winning 100-90 on 2 judges' scorecards and 99-91 on the other.

On September 28, 2008 on the Mosley vs. Mayorga undercard, Collazo stopped Russell Jordan (now 15-6) in the eighth and final round of their bout.

On January 17, 2009, Collazo fought the undefeated Andre Berto for the WBC Welterweight. Collazo lost a very close fight and a controversial unanimous decision after 12 rounds. Collazo appeared to be ahead most of the fight. The scores were 113-114, 113-114 and the third judge Bill Clancy scored the bout 111-116 which was found by some to be controversial.

On January 30, 2014, Collazo defeated Victor Ortiz in the first match up for Ortiz since his jaw was broken. Collazo landed a right hook to Ortiz in the last second of the second round which ended the match after the 10 count.

Luis Collazo also faced Amir Khan in 2014, Khan dominated all rounds and scored three knockdowns during the fight.

Professional record[edit]

36 Wins (19 Knockouts), 7 Defeats (1 Knockouts), 0 Draws[2]
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Loss 36-7 United States Keith Thurman RTD 7 (12), 3:00 2015-07-11 United States USF Sun Dome, Tampa, Florida For WBA (Regular) Welterweight title.
Win 36-6 Mexico Chris Degollado TKO 2 (10), 1:46 2015-04-11 United States Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
Loss 35-6 United Kingdom Amir Khan UD 12 2014-05-03 United States MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada For vacant WBC Silver and WBA International Welterweight titles.
Win 35-5 United States Victor Ortiz KO 2 (12), 2:59 2014-01-30 United States Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
Win 34-5 Mexico Alan Sanchez UD 10 2013-09-02 United States Cowboys Dance Hall, San Antonio, Texas Won WBA International vacant welterweight title
Win 33-5 Panama Miguel Callist TKO 5 (8), 1:33 2013-04-27 United States Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
Win 32-5 United States Steve Upsher Chambers UD 8 2012-10-20 United States Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
Loss 31-5 Mexico Freddy Hernandez UD 10 2011-10-15 United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Win 31-4 Dominican Republic Franklin Gonzalez TKO 3 (8), 2:14 2011-04-13 United States Oceana, Brooklyn, New York
Win 30-4 Georgia (country) David Gogichaishvili TKO 6 (8), 2:56 2009-06-20 United States Radisson Hotel, Columbia, South Carolina
Loss 29-4 United States Andre Berto UD 12 2009-01-17 United States Beau Rivage, Biloxi, Mississippi For WBC welterweight title
Win 29-3 United States Russell Jordan TKO 8 (8), 2:28 2008-09-27 United States Home Depot Center, Carson, California
Win 28-3 Brazil Edvan Dos Santos Barros UD 10 2008-01-19 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Loss 27-3 United States Shane Mosley UD 12 2007-02-10 United States Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada For interim WBC welterweight title
Win 27-2 Ukraine Artur Atadzhanov TKO 6 (10), 0:33 2006-11-04 United States Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona
Loss 26-2 United Kingdom Ricky Hatton UD 12 2006-05-13 United States TD Banknorth Garden, Boston, Massachusetts Lost WBA welterweight title
Win 26-1 Mexico Miguel Ángel González TKO 8 (10), 0:01 2005-08-13 United States United Center, Chicago, Illinois Retained WBA welterweight title
Win 25-1 United States José Antonio Rivera SD 12 2005-04-02 United States DCU Center, Worcester, Massachusetts Won WBA welterweight title
Win 24-1 United States Richard Heath TKO 1 (6) 2005-02-24 United States The Plex, North Charleston, South Carolina, USA
Win 23-1 United States Kevin Carter TKO 6 (8) 2005-01-28 United States The Plex, North Charleston, South Carolina, USA
Win 22-1 Puerto Rico Felix Flores UD 10 (10) 2004-10-02 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Win 21-1 United States Thomas Davis UD 6 (6) 2004-04-17 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
José Antonio Rivera
WBA Welterweight Champion
April 2, 2005 – May 13, 2006
Regular title until January 7, 2006
Succeeded by
Ricky Hatton
International Championships
Title last held by
Marcos Maidana
WBA Welterweight Champion
International title

September 2, 2013 – May 3, 2014
Succeeded by
Amir Khan