Thurman vs. Collazo

By Laurena Marrone on May 22, 2015
Thurman vs. Collazo
He’s a crowd-pleaser known for skill, smarts, power, and no shortage of personality.

On July 11, Keith Thurman (25-0, 21 KOs) will face Luis Collazo (36-6, 19 KOs) in defense of his WBA welterweight title…

Keith Thurman (25-0, 21 KOs) hopes to add to his undefeated record on July 11, when he headlines the debut of Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN. Widely touted as one of boxing’s most compelling young stars, Thurman will face Luis Collazo (36-6, 19 KOs) in defense of his WBA welterweight title. The co-feature will highlight junior middleweights Tony Harrison (21-0, 18 KOs), and Willie Nelson (23-2-1, 13 KOs). The broadcast airs on ESPN at 9:00 p.m. EST. The venue has yet to be determined in Tampa, Fl.

Thurman comes off of a unanimous decision win over Robert Guerrero in March. He’s a crowd-pleaser known for skill, smarts, power, and no shortage of personality. Thurman’s name inevitably comes up as one of the division’s most dangerous opponents, and he’s often mentioned as a top pick for Mayweather. He will be fighting in his hometown for the first time since 2009.

Collazo, a former welterweight titleholder, scored a second round TKO of Christopher Delgollado last April. The win followed a unanimous decision loss to Amir Khan in 2014. Like Thurman, he’s not afraid to battle it out, which should offer fans some decent action in the ring. And he’s no stranger to tough contenders. In the past he has faced Ricky Hatton, Shane Mosley, Andre Berto and Victor Ortiz.

“I remember when Winky and Jeff fought here in Tampa,” Thurman told ESPN.com, “how electric the city was. Tampa is a great boxing town, but we only make fights happen when champions are in town. I’m happy to fight a big fight at home and happy to make one of my dreams come true.”

This will be the first of 24 monthly Premier Boxing Champion events televised on ESPN. It replaces ESPN’s long-running Friday Night Fights, which concludes this tonight.

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  1. Laurena 10:38am, 05/23/2015

    Irish Frankie- Yikes! And thanks for calling my interview “great.” The print arrived this week from Peter and it is STUNNING in person. I can’t wait to frame it.

  2. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 09:04am, 05/23/2015

    Laurena Marrone-Going back to your great interview with Peter Politanoff and his love affair with black and white photography…..Darryl Zanuck didn’t share that love…..he wanted to film On The Waterfront in Technicolor and Cinemascope!

  3. Laurena 05:12pm, 05/22/2015

    Thank you, Irish Frankie!

  4. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 04:30pm, 05/22/2015

    Laurena Marrone-Nicely done….I’ll be watching now. Which reminds me….some can punch and some not so much…..he knocked Guerrero down and almost out with a right uppercut that he clearly didn’t set down on as he was moving forward on the attack.

  5. Laurena 01:53pm, 05/22/2015

    Thank you, DavidT!

  6. DavidT 01:31pm, 05/22/2015

    Look forward to your recap of the fight.

  7. Laurena 12:41pm, 05/22/2015

    Kid-I assume you mean Thurman? ;-)  Pete-I hope it goes that long. Thanks to you both for reading. Always appreciated.

  8. Pete The Sneak 12:36pm, 05/22/2015

    Luis will come with everything first round or so…But Thurman will catch him with something hard early on…TKO Thurman 5th-6th Round.

  9. Kid Blast 06:01am, 05/22/2015

    Slaughter.

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