GOLDEN BOY INKS LUIS COLLAZO
Former Welterweight World Champion Ready to Regain His World Title
LOS ANGELES, June 8 – Already home to a roster of the best boxers in the world, Golden Boy Promotions is proud to announce the latest addition to its team, former Welterweight World Champion Luis Collazo, who today signed an exclusive promotional agreement with the Los Angeles based boxing promoter.
“Luis Collazo has been a well-kept secret for too long,” said Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer. “He’s a talented former world champion who has fought some of boxing’s best and is eager to regain his crown. We will make sure he gets every opportunity to shine in the coming years.”
“I’m honored to be a part of the best team in boxing and now I finally have a chance to show the world what I can do in the ring,” said Collazo. “I’m hungrier and better than ever and I’m not gonna stop until I’m back on top of the welterweight division.”
A proud native of Brooklyn, New York, Collazo (31-4, 16 KO’s) is a talented southpaw who, at 30, is reaching his prime as a boxer. A longtime amateur standout, Collazo turned professional in 2000, and by 2005, he was a World Champion after defeating Jose Antonio Rivera for the WBA Welterweight World Title. Since that bout, Collazo has won five of eight bouts, with close decision losses to former World Champions Ricky Hatton and Andre Berto during that span being among the most controversial in recent years, as many observers believe that Collazo had done more than enough to win both. Following nearly two years off from the ring, Collazo returned in April of 2011 with a third round technical knockout over Franklin Gonzalez and now he’s ready for bigger and better things with the Golden Boy Promotions team behind him.