Post Fight : Luis Collazo

By G. Leon


Post Fight : Luis Collazo

GL:  Congratulations on your return win.  Give us some thoughts on your performance. "I was a little rusty in the beginning.  I had to get a little rhythym.  In the 4th and 5th rounds I started getting my rhythym, and we had an easy fight."

GL:  You were fighting a guy you were expected to win against.  You pitched a near shutout.  Where do you go from here?

Luis Collazo:  Right now, hopefully, get one of the top dudes in the welterweight division.  I know it was going to go to the rounds.  It was a tough opponent.  I didn't want no 1 or 2 round knockout, I wanted to go in there and get to work.

GL:  What's the earliest we can expect you back in the ring?  Give us some names on who you're looking for.

LC:  Right now, I guess everybody's booked in the welterweight division.  I'm trying to get back there as soon as possible. 

GL:  Does it disappoint you that your name hasn't come up with guys like Cintron and Cotto, other Puerto Rican fighters in the division with belts?

LC:  Definitely, sooner or later they're going to have to give me my respect.  I'm going to do what I have to do to earn it. 

GL:  What do you think about Miguel Cotto fighting Alfonso Gomez on April 26th?

LC:  I guess Cotto wanted an easier fight coming off the Mosley fight.  I think it was a tough fight, and that's his choice.  Sooner or later, he's going to have to fight somebody with a big name. 

GL:  This fight originally was supposed to be a WBA eliminator, now it isn't.  What's your standing with the WBA, and is that the road you still plan on going in terms of getting the mandatory enforced?

LC:  I've got to see if we can do the mandatory.  That's the reason why I fought Berro, instead of Jinerez??  I'm going to stay busy, and whatever comes my way, I'm going to take it.

GL:  Give me some names, give me something juicy.

LC:  I want to fight the best, Paul Williams, Margarito, Miguel Cotto, the top welterweights in the division.  Especially right now, I heard Oscar's got a free date on May 3rd, and doesn't have an opponent.  I would love to fight Oscar too at 147.

GL:  Do you think De La Hoya would risk a payday like Mayweather for fighting somebody like you?

LC:  To be honest with you, I don't know who's going to want to see that second Mayweather fight.  Even though it was a shutout, Mayweather-Hatton was more of a physical fight, than Oscar and Floyd.

GL:  Were you dissapointed that you didn't get Barros out of there tonight?

LC:  No I wasn't.  I went in there knowing he was going to be a tough fighter.  I went in there, did my work, and that's it.  I want to fight the top welterweights, the so-called champs, that's what I want.

GL:  Give me some closing thoughts for the fans.

LC:  To my fans, thank you for the support.  2008 is Luis Collazo's year.


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