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Luis Collazo
Nickname(s) God's Way
Weight(s) Welterweight
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Reach 72 in (183 cm)
Nationality American
Born (1981-04-22) April 22, 1981 (age 37)
Brooklyn, New York City,
New York, U.S.
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 44
Wins 37
Wins by KO 20
Losses 7

Luis Collazo (born April 22, 1981) is an American professional boxer. He held the WBA (Regular) welterweight title from 2005 to 2006, and has challenged twice for a world title in 2009 and 2015.

Professional career[edit]

Collazo is of Puerto Rican descent, and grew up in Brooklyn, New York.[1]

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 yet the definitive 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 boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
44 fights 37 wins 7 losses
By knockout 20 2
By decision 16 5
By disqualification 1 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
44 Win 37–7 United States Sammy Vasquez Jr. KO 6 (10), 1:27 Feb 2, 2017 United States Horseshoe Casino, Tunica, Mississippi, U.S.
43 Loss 36–7 United States Keith Thurman RTD 7 (12), 3:00 Jul 11, 2015 United States USF Sun Dome, Tampa, Florida, U.S. For WBA (Regular) welterweight title
42 Win 36–6 Mexico Chris Degollado TKO 2 (8), 1:46 Apr 11, 2015 United States Barclays Center, New York City, New York, U.S.
41 Loss 35–6 United Kingdom Amir Khan UD 12 May 3, 2014 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Lost WBA International welterweight title;
For vacant WBC Silver welterweight title
40 Win 35–5 United States Victor Ortiz KO 2 (12), 2:59 Jan 30, 2014 United States Barclays Center, New York City, New York, U.S. Retained WBA International welterweight title
39 Win 34–5 Mexico Alan Sanchez UD 10 Sep 2, 2013 United States Cowboys Dancehall, San Antonio, Texas, U.S. Won vacant WBA International welterweight title
38 Win 33–5 Panama Miguel Callist TKO 5 (8), 1:33 Apr 27, 2013 United States Barclays Center, New York City, New York, U.S.
37 Win 32–5 United States Steve Upsher Chambers UD 8 Oct 20, 2012 United States Barclays Center, New York City, New York, U.S.
36 Loss 31–5 Mexico Freddy Hernández UD 10 Oct 15, 2011 United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
35 Win 31–4 Dominican Republic Franklin Gonzalez TKO 3 (8), 2:14 Apr 13, 2011 United States Oceana, New York City, New York, U.S.
34 Win 30–4 Georgia (country) David Gogichaishvili TKO 6 (8), 2:56 Jun 20, 2009 United States Radisson Hotel, Columbia, South Carolina, U.S.
33 Loss 29–4 United States Andre Berto UD 12 Jan 17, 2009 United States Beau Rivage, Biloxi, Mississippi, U.S. For WBC welterweight title
32 Win 29–3 United States Russell Jordan TKO 8 (8), 2:28 Sep 27, 2008 United States Home Depot Center, Carson, California, U.S.
31 Win 28–3 Brazil Edvan Dos Santos Barros UD 10 Jan 19, 2008 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
30 Loss 27–3 United States Shane Mosley UD 12 Feb 10, 2007 United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. For WBC interim welterweight title
29 Win 27–2 Ukraine Artur Atadzhanov TKO 6 (10), 0:33 Nov 4, 2006 United States Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
28 Loss 26–2 United Kingdom Ricky Hatton UD 12 May 13, 2006 United States TD Banknorth Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. Lost WBA welterweight title
27 Win 26–1 Mexico Miguel Ángel González RTD 7 (12), 3:00 Aug 13, 2005 United States United Center, Chicago, Illinois, U.S. Retained (WBA Regular) welterweight title
26 Win 25–1 United States José Antonio Rivera SD 12 Apr 2, 2005 United States DCU Center, Worcester, Massachusetts, U.S. Won WBA (Regular) welterweight title
25 Win 24–1 United States Richard Heath TKO 1 (6), 2:15 Feb 24, 2005 United States The Plex, North Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.
24 Win 23–1 United States Kevin Carter TKO 6 (8), 2:46 Jan 28, 2005 United States The Plex, North Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.
23 Win 22–1 Puerto Rico Felix Flores UD 10 Oct 2, 2004 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
22 Win 21–1 United States Thomas Davis UD 6 Apr 17, 2004 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
21 Win 20–1 United States Earl Allen TKO 4 (8), 2:10 Mar 27, 2003 United States War Memorial Auditorium, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.
20 Win 19–1 Venezuela Marcos Primera UD 8 Jan 16, 2003 United States Michael's Eighth Avenue, Glen Burnie, Maryland, U.S.
19 Win 18–1 United States Jose Avila UD 6 Nov 8, 2002 United States Club Amazura, New York City, New York, U.S.
18 Win 17–1 United States Vincent Harris UD 6 Aug 30, 2002 United States Harry Cipriani Restaurant, New York City, New York, U.S
17 Win 16–1 Jamaica Gary Grant UD 4 Jun 22, 2002 United States Sovereign Center, Reading, Pennsylvania, U.S.
16 Win 15–1 United States George Ray TKO 2 May 31, 2002 United States Boutwell Memorial Auditorium, Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.
15 Loss 14–1 Colombia Edwin Cassiani TKO 3 (10), 1:41 Apr 13, 2002 United States Fremont Street Experience, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
14 Win 14–0 United States Orlando Milian TKO 4 (8) Jan 18, 2002 United States Hilton Hotel, Huntington, New York, U.S.
13 Win 13–0 United States Luis Alberto Santiago UD 8 Aug 4, 2001 United States United Palace, New York City, New York, U.S.
12 Win 12–0 United States Kareem Braithwaite TKO 1 Jul 7, 2001 United States KeySpan Park, New York City, New York, U.S.
11 Win 11–0 United States Philip Thrasher UD 6 Jun 22, 2001 United States Zembo Shrine Building, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.
10 Win 10–0 Jamaica Gary Grant TKO 3 Jun 9, 2001 United States Club Amazura, New York City, New York, U.S.
9 Win 9–0 United States Matt Hill UD 6 Apr 29, 2001 United States Club Amazura, New York City, New York, U.S.
8 Win 8–0 United States Terry Dominic UD 4 Apr 24, 2001 United States Civic Center, Houma, Louisiana, U.S.
7 Win 7–0 Ghana George Best TKO 2 (6), 1:11 Apr 1, 2001 United States Club Amazura, New York City, New York, U.S.
6 Win 6–0 United States Sylvester Clark PTS 4 Feb 24, 2001 United States Golden Gloves Arena, Knoxville, Tennessee, U.S.
5 Win 5–0 United States Sean Thomassen TKO 2 Dec 8, 2000 United States Club Amazura, New York City, New York, U.S.
4 Win 4–0 United States Rohan Nanton UD 6 Oct 11, 2000 United States Raceway, Yonkers, New York, U.S.
3 Win 3–0 United States Derek Hudson DQ 3 (6) Jul 28, 2000 United States Club Amazura, New York City, New York, U.S.
2 Win 2–0 United States Darnell Green TKO 6 (6) Jun 7, 2000 United States Raceway, Yonkers, New York, U.S.
1 Win 1–0 United States Jose Maldonado TKO 1 (4) May 17, 2000 United States Raceway, Yonkers, New York, U.S. Professional debut

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Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Title last held by
Johan Pérez
WBA International welterweight champion
September 2, 2013 – May 3, 2014
Succeeded by
Amir Khan
World boxing titles
Preceded by
José Antonio Rivera
WBA welterweight champion
April 2, 2005 – May 13, 2006
Regular title until January 7, 2006
Succeeded by
Ricky Hatton


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