Mosley Adds To Welterweight Punch, Battles Collazo on Feb. 10

By Francis Walker
Updated: January 12, 2007
NEW YORK — Miguel Cotto, Antonio Margarito, Kermit Cintron, and Paul Williams are the present and future of the welterweight division. To make the welterweight class more interesting, Sugar Shane Mosley will move down from 154 back to 147 to fight former champion Luis Collazo on February 10, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, NV.
Golden Boy Promotions and Don King will promote the event. HBO World Championship Boxing will televise beginning at 9:45 PM/ET.
In June 2000, Mosley, a former world lightweight champion, moved up two weight classes to defeat Oscar De La Hoya (Founder and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions) for the world welterweight championship.
Mosley was being mentioned in the same breath as Sugar Ray Leonard and Sugar Ray Robinson until he lost consecutive 12-round decisions to Vernon Forrest in 2002.
Mosley recaptured some glamour by becoming the only man to defeat De La Hoya twice in September 2003. Mosley had a chance to make history by unifying the WBC/WBA/IBF junior middleweight championship in 2004, but he lost a pair of twelve round decisions to Winky Wright.
In 2006, Mosley scored two knockout victories over former junior middleweight champion, Fernando Vargas. Mosley has never suffered an upset loss in his career, contrary to what many believe.
Forrest beat Mosley in the amateurs. Wright was a natural junior middleweight fighting a smaller fighter in Mosley. Mosley was almost invincible as a lightweight and nearly untouchable as a welterweight.
At age 35, Mosley (43-4, 37 KOs, 1 No-Contest) will be moving back down in weight to fight an opponent 10 years younger in Collazo, a 25-year-old southpaw from Brooklyn, NY.
“Luis Collazo is a rising star in this game, and I’m looking forward to matching skills with him on February 10th,” Mosley said. “I’m coming to fight and to put on a great show for the fans, and from what I’ve seen of Collazo, he feels the same way. I’m ready to go to war.”
Collazo (27-2, 13 KOs) was the WBA welterweight champion when he challenged undefeated junior welterweight champion Ricky Hatton in May 2006.
Collazo was down in the first round and still fought very good boxing match. Collazo was on the short-end of a 12-round unanimous decision.
“I call Luis Collazo the uncrowned champion because everyone who saw him fight the sensational Ricky Hatton last year knows he successfully defended his WBA welterweight title,” King said.
“Luis took everything Hatton threw at him and still had ‘The Hitman’ out on his feet in the final round.
Since losing a welterweight championship, Collazo posted a knockout victory against overmatched Arthur Atadzhnov in November.
“I am very excited to be in another marquee fight,” Collazo said. “I’m younger than Shane so I have admired him for a long time. It says a lot about Mosley that he didn’t avoid me like some other fighters have in the past because I’m a slick southpaw.
Originally, Mosley was scheduled to fight IBF welterweight champion Kermit Cintron, who pulled out because of a money dispute with his management team.
Either way, Mosley-Collazo is just as good a fight, as if it was a championship fight with Cintron.