Sunday, January 20, 2008
“It’s my first fight back since fighting Shane Mosley and having surgery on my left hand. My hand actually feels better than it did before. I’m back and I want to re-establish myself as one of the best welterweights in the division.”
DeMARCUS “Chop-Chop” CORLEY
“I felt good tonight but should have pushed him more. I wanted to pick it up around the 6th or 7th round but it didn’t really happen.
“Nothing he did really surprised me because we knew he had fast hands and a nice left hand. But nothing really surprised me. I wish I had let my hands go more but it didn’t happen.
“I got a couple more months with Don and then I am going to hang it up. I had a great career and love my family too.”
Friday, February 16, 2007
Luis Collazo will require surgery after suffering a fractured left thumb and ligament damage in his left hand during the second round of his recent loss to Shane Mosley last Saturday.
Collazo was taken to the hospital after the bout and received an x-ray that revealed the injuries. Collazo’s trainer, Nirmal Lorick said that his cilent will undergo surgery on February 22nd and will be out of action for 4-6 months…
“He didn’t complain to me in the corner after it happened,” Lorick said. “He just tapped his hand. I knew something was wrong. But Luis never complained. He just kept fighting. He’s got a lot of heart.”
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Shane Mosley’s return to the welterweight division was a good one as he dominated Luis Collazo and went on to win an unanimous decision victory on Saturday night.
Collazo was never able to get the upper hand at any point during the fight. Mosley sent him to the canvas in the 11th round with a short right. Collazo complained that his feet were tangled within Mosley’s and he tripped to the ground but the referee thought otherwise.
The fight started out pretty slow with both fighters wanting to just feel each other out before committing to anything just yet. It seemed that Collazo would be able to take the lead in points in the second round when his southpaw style seemed to unsettle Mosley but Sugar Shane quickly rebounded in the next few rounds and started to pull away.
Collazo started to rally back in the sixth but it was in the eighth round where Mosley cemented the win with a countless number of combinations to Collazo’s body and head.
The remainder of the fight consisted of Mosley throwing unanswered combinations at will and Collazo showing that he was very tired in the final stretch of the bout.
After the taste of victory at welterweight, it seems that Mosley is content to stay in this division for at least the near future…
“It feels good to be a welterweight again,” Mosley said. “I felt light on my feet. I want to keep myself in shape and maybe fight again in June. I am going to keep myself in shape and tuned up.”
Mosley also admitted that despite how the fight went, Collazo definitely gave Shane some trouble at times:
“Collazo was slick and he takes a pretty good punch. He fought a good fight, and I know he’ll be back,” Mosley said. “The southpaw style affected me a little, but I knew what to do. I knew I was faster than him and I could hit him with my quick jabs.”
After the fight Collazo pointed out the fact that he hurt his left hand and it certainly hindered his performance:
“I hurt my left hand in the third round, and I wasn’t able to fight the way I wanted to,” said Collazo, a Puerto Rico native living in New York. “I hurt it in training camp. I wish I could have been more effective. That was the best I could do. Shane came to fight. He did his job tonight.”
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
On the heels of Tommy Morrison testing negative, we have Mayweather and Hopkins speaking up, George Foreman traveling, the return of a former heavyweight champion, the pro boxing debut of a former UFC heavyweight champ, a major fight announcement and much more…
News, Notes, and Rumors:
- What is it about English fighters that people find so intriguing? I mean really, if you followed this site over the summer, you would see how much media coverage both Ricky Hatton and Joe Calzaghe got. They were always calling out the big names, always changing their minds about who they wanted to fight.
These days it’s the exact opposite with the elite American fighters wanting a piece of them.
Bernard Hopkins has shown interest in Calzaghe, hoping that he will move up a weight-class and fight him later this year:
“After Jones I hope he’ll come up to light-heavyweight to challenge me.” said Hopkins.
Calzaghe also met with Sylvester Stallone this past weekend at a boxing gala event as Stallone was making a trip over to the UK and Calzaghe was one of the people he wanted to meet the most.
Calzaghe said of the meeting with the famed Movie star:,“Sly was great. He’s just a normal guy. He turned up for the dinner by himself. There was no entourage. He said he wanted to meet me after seeing my recent win against Jeff Lacy. He said he was a fan of mine and had seen me fight many times but I told him I had seen him fight a lot more in the movies.”
Calzaghe added: “I value Sly’s opinion. He’s in great nick for a man of 60. He has the body of a 30-year-old. It was great to hear him tell us about Hollywood.”
Apparently calling out Floyd Mayweather Jr. 1000 times is going to pay off for Hatton as Pretty Boy Floyd will be ringside for his fight this weekend against Juan Urango. Even better, he’s going there because of him…
“I’m looking forward to getting an up close and personal look at Hatton so that I can make my mind up on whether I might want to fight him.” explained Mayweather.
- Former heavyweight champion Lou Savarese will continue his comeback this Thursday when he takes on MMA veteran Travis Fulton in an event promoted by himself and his business partner Cameron Park.
- On the same card as Savarese and Fulton, former UFC Heavyweight Champion Ricco Rodriguez will be makig his pro boxing debut.
- DRL Promotions has announced that WBC Lightweight Champion Joel Casamayor will defend his title in a rematch against Acelino Freitas. Freitas won the first fight between the two in 2002 by a close split decision in a fight that Casamayor would have won if he didn’t have two points deducted during the fight for illegal blows.
There is no date set for the fight as of yet but it is expected to be televised on HBO…
- George Foreman is reportedly traveling to the Middle East to promote his famous George Foreman Grill machines. He will be visiting the Mall of the Emirates in Dubai to do an expo on his product.
Some Good Reads:
The Sweet Science: Looking Forward To More In The New Year: Part II; Brooklyn southpaw Luis Collazo is ready for Pomona’s Sugar Shane
Eastside Boxing: Big Name Heavyweights James Toney Could Still Defeat
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
The search for a opponent is finally over for Ricky Hatton and Winky Wright…
Both fighters have had a tumultuous last few months: Hatton was robbed while visiting China, was forced to relinquish his WBA Welterweight Title in order to pursue other chances to find an opponent, and had to deal with Luis Collazo asking for a rematch every five minutes.
Wright on the other hand has had opponents dodge him left and right. He sent out open challenges to both Jermain Taylor and Antonio Margarito. What happened? Taylor opted to defend his belts against Kassim Ouma; Margarito and his camp completely ignored Wright, deciding to instead take on Joshua Clottey.
The two have finally found matches however:
Wright will take on the recently victorious Ike Quartey who defeated Vernon Forrest in an extremely controversial decision on August 5th.
Wright hasn’t fought in Florida in four years, so the bout against Quartey will be a homecoming of sorts. “Finally,” Winky told the St. Pete Times, “I get to come home.”
Hatton will be fighting Juan Urango in January of 2007. It was speculated for months that this fight might happen, especially with Hatton dropping his belt so he could move down in weight to try and grab Urango.
“I’ll be fighting Juan Urango on January 13,” Hatton told Sky Sports, “which is a little bit of a disappointment because I was hoping to fight in October or November, but that’s the only date HBO had available.”
The system is keeping Hatton down!
Junior Witter called out Hatton after his victory over DeMarcus Corley this past weekend but Hatton says that there are a few things that need to happen before that becomes a reality…
“I’m contracted to HBO for my next two fights,” said Hatton in response to Junior’s challenge, “and they’re practically done deals now. I don’t see why a little bit further down the line that if Junior makes a couple of defenses I can fight him.
“On the undercard will be Castillo. Should I get past Urango they’re lining up Castillo for me. If Junior can hold onto his belt and make a few defenses the fight against me will be even bigger.”
The consenus is right - It’s good that Hatton is being honest about his contract with HBO and the fact that he can’t take on whoever calls him out because of that. It’s better than lying about it to try and make yourself look better…
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Luis Collazo, who lost his World Boxing Association welterweight title by a razor-thin decision against England’s Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton on Saturday in Boston, has asked Hatton to make good on his post-fight promise to grant him a re-match.
“Ricky and Team Hatton were great sportsmen before and after our fight on Saturday,” Collazo said from his home in Brooklyn, N.Y. today. “I take Ricky as man of his word. He said I gave him his toughest fight ever. He admitted that I hurt him on several occasions. He said he knew the fight was close. He also said he would give me a re-match. Now he needs to make good on that promise.
“In the spirit of good sportsmanship, I think it would be only right for our second fight to take place on his home turf in Manchester. I would be honored to accept his invitation for an immediate re-match in England.”
Monday, May 15, 2006
Looking back on this past weekend’s fight, many storylines and possible matchups have developed in the welterweight divison…
Scorecard: Hatton wins, but Collazo’s for real - Dan Rafael of ESPN
Fighting Words: Scale warfare at 147 - David P. Greisman of BoxingScene.com
Hatton targets Castillo v Corrales winner - SecondsOut.com
Is Hatton Ready For Floyd? No. Gatti? Yes! - Michael Woods of The Sweet Science
Ricky Hatton’s Hit at Welterweight - Bill Knight of The Sweet Science
Sunday, May 14, 2006
Hatton quickly knocked Collazo at the start of the fight, but after that it was a pretty close close. Hatton showed he had what it takes to move up in weight and put on a good show in the US and Collazo proved his name could be mentioned among the top fighters.
ESPN: Hatton beats Collazo in unanimous decision
Fox Sports: Title win puts Britain’s Hatton on the U.S. map
AP via Fox Sports: Hatton beats Collazo for WBA welterweight crown
MaxBoxing: Hatton Gets Scare from Collazo but Wins Decision
BBC: Roundwatch: Hatton v Collazo
BBC: Hatton v Collazo photos
Saturday, May 13, 2006
British boxing superstar Ricky Hatton makes his return to the United States to challenge WBA Welterweight Champion Luis Collazo tonight in Boston.
Yahoo! Sports: Collazo laughs off opponent’s hype
ESPN: Hatton relaxed as popularity grows in U.S.
Boston Globe: Hatton looks to punch his ticket
FOX Sports: Hatton, Collazo prepare for Beantown showdown
BoxingScene.com - Hatton-Collazo, Tale of the Tape