Luis Collazo and Sammy Vasquez were fighting to stay relevant in the packed 147-pound division, both coming off of losses, and tonight it was the veteran Collazo who stayed in the mix, scoring a huge knockout of Vasquez in round six.
The fight was a hard battle, particularly starting in round three, when Collazo (37-7, 20 KO) dropped Vasquez (21-2, 14 KO) the first time. But Vasquez got up from that and fought on, then went to war with Collazo in the fourth round.
Here’s some of the action from round four:
Vasquez and Collazo battled further in the fifth and sixth rounds, before a sharp, brutal right hook put Vasquez down and out in the sixth:
For me, that takes over the KO of the Year lead from Mikey Garcia’s shellacking of Dejan Zlaticanin. I prefer the cleanness of this knockout.
Vasquez was up and conversing with Collazo after the knockout, so it appears things are good there.
Collazo, 35, spoke with FS1’s Ray Flores after the fight. “I’m a slow starter,” he said. “In the gym, I was going through the same thing. I was getting hit with dumb shots in the first three rounds, then I picked up the pace. I guess I’m a distance fighter.”
Asked who he wants next, Collazo said, “I believe Shawn Porter is the only one right now. He don’t have no opponent, and if he wants to dance, we can dance.”
Yordenis Ugas kept up his hot streak, as the Cuban beat Levan Ghvamichava by split decision on some bizarre ass scoring, with Ghvamichava (17-3-1, 13 KO) winning one card, 95-94, and Ugas (18-3, 8 KO) winning the other two, 97-94 and 99-90.
The 99-90 card was actually a 10-0 shutout for Ugas, who lost a point for low blows in the eighth round. BLH had it 95-94 for Ugas. People will go, “right guy won!” but judges still didn’t see the fight right, and you’re just asking for them to screw something up later in their careers. Anyway, I agreed with the winner, yes, but two of those judges — the two who scored it for the “right” guy, in my view — had some awfully weird scores. I’m way more likely to believe 6-4 Ghvamichava than I am 10-0 Ugas, or whatever the hell a 98-94 with point deduction card added up to for that judge.
In a meeting of unbeaten welterweight prospects, Eddie Ramirez outclassed and stopped Ryan Karl in a scrappy bout, bloodying and battering a very tough Karl, who never went down or even came too close to it, before forcing Karl’s corner to stop the fight after nine rounds.
Ramirez (16-0, 11 KO) was up 87-84 at the time of the stoppage on my card, with Karl (13-1, 9 KO) scraping out a few rounds on sheer guts. Karl is still going to be a worthy TV fighter, but his upside never screamed “world champion” or anything, and this loss is no surprise. It was a good night for Ramirez, who stayed calm and mostly was able to box comfortably, landing hard shots all night.
In the televised opener, 18-year-old junior welterweight Jose Borrego improved to 11-0 (10 KO) with a first round body shot knockout of veteran Tomas Mendez (23-9, 16 KO). It was a short display of dominance for the young prospect. Here’s the KO: