Last Stand Thursday
by Matthew Becher of WWW.STANDINGEIGHTCOUNT.COM
Goldenboy promotions will be putting on another show at the new Barclays Arena in Brooklyn, New York, with a headline fight that should send a ripple through the welterweight division. Always on the cusp of a championship, but never quite reaching the promise land, Luis Collazo will get the chance to win a fight against a former world champ, in his hometown and throw his hat into the weight classes already talented pool of names. But to do that, he will have to defeat the former ‘golden boy’ of Golden Boys young stable. ‘Vicious‘ Victor Ortiz is back in the ring, following over a year lay off, after breaking his jaw in his last fight, a loss to Josesito Lopez.This may be the last big fight either guy will get.
Collazo is 32 and not getting any younger, having may wars and going the distance with former champions Andre Berto, Shane Mosley and Ricky Hatton. All were title fights, and Collazo came up short. A win in this fight could possible get him one last shot, before riding into the sunset as a world champ.
On the other side is a young champion, 26 year old, Victor Ortiz. Once touted as the next great boxer, Ortiz has run into some problems along the way. First he showed a lack of heart, quitting in a fight against Marcos Maidana. Second was a Draw against Lamont Peterson, where Ortiz seemed to have a big lead, then just laid back and watched it all fall apart. Again he showed his young, naivety when fighting Floyd Mayweather Jr., being knocked out while not defending himself during a break in the action. And finally going into a fight with a lightweight ‘nobody’ in Josesito Lopez, only to get out hit, out powered, and finally having his jaw broken in the 9th round.
Since that fight, Ortiz has been seemingly living well either off the money from his Mayweather fight, his spot on ABCs “Dancing with the Stars”, and a role in hollywoods “The Expendables 3”, Victor doesn’t seem to have that fire, that he use to have and need.
We think that Ortiz is just too young to throw away the talent that he naturally has and will try and get back on track in this fight against Collazo. It won’t be an easy one, but in the end Ortiz will prevail, and hopefully show us the guy that beat Andre Ber to and maybe get back into the big fights in the 147 pound division. Regardless or Ortiz’s losses, he is always a entertaining guy to watch. And we expect this fight to be nothing less then action packed.