Former WBA welterweight champion Luis Collazo (35-6, 18 KO’s) will be returning to the ring in August or September against an opponent still to be determined. Collazo is coming off of a disappointing loss to Amir Khan on May 3rd on the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Marcos Maidana fight card at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Collazo had problems with the hand speed, movement, shoving, and holding by Khan. The referee Vic Drakulich did little to address Khan’s fouling, and it left Collazo with no recourse but to hit Khan low on a couple of occasions while having his head bent over.
Collazo lost the fight by the scores 119-104, 117-106 and 119-104. According to Fightnews, Collazo injured his left hand in the fight. Some of the tendons in Collazo’s hand were injured. He’s going to need to rest his hand for a month and half.
Collazo said it was difficult for him to lose the fight, but he’s going to get over it and keep moving on.
It’s perhaps for the best that Collazo rest for a long time before getting back in the ring, because he was hit a lot by Khan in that fight. Part of the reason for that is because of Collazo’s choice of following Khan around with his hands down by his sides rather than up in front of him to guard his head. Collazo never fights like this, so it’s hard to understand why he chose to do this. With his head unprotected, Collazo was at Khan’s mercy all night long, causing him to take a lot of unnecessary punishment. It wasn’t a good idea for Collazo do this, because he could have saved himself a lot of punishment by keep his guard up. As it was, Collazo was knocked down several times in the fight, and he looked lost.