Victor Ortiz has finally found his comeback opponent this time around. According to a report by RingTV's Lem Satterfield, Ortiz is set to fight Luis Collazo, a former WBA welterwight champion. Golden Boy's CEO Richard Schaefer and matchmaker Eric Gomez confirmed the news to Satterfield.
The fight will take place on January 30 in (where else?) the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. It will be televised on Fox Sports 1.
Collazo was once a legitimate welterweight contender, but that was a few years ago. His first big break came when he received the opportunity to face Ricky Hatton in Hatton's first foray into the 147 pound class. After getting briefly dropped in the first round, Collazo recovered to give the British superstar all that he could handle, maybe more, but went home on the losing end of a close decision. The next year he faced Shane Mosley when Mosley still had some juice and was clearly outclassed, although he claimed a hand injury in the aftermath. Finally, his last big bout was against Andre Berto, back before Berto was a punchline for being the gatekeeper to getting a payday versus Floyd Mayweather. Collazo rocked Berto in the first but once again couldn't quite get the decision, and went home empty-handed.
Recently, Collazo has stayed relatively busy, winning a pair of bouts earlier this year to bounce back from his last loss, a decision to Freddy Hernandez. Hernandez seemed like a guy that a prime Collazo would have handled, but it appears Collazo has slowed down some since his best contender days. However, he is still just 32, hardly ancient in today's boxing world when men are competing well into their late-30's and early-40's.
If Collazo shows up in the best condition possible, I think this could be a very interesting fight.
Here's a quick rundown of what Victor Ortiz has been up to: Facial lube (Apparently the video has been taken down because it violated YouTube rules or something. Tragic, I know.)