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Thursday, December 20, 2012
Olympian Collazo turning pro

By Dan Rafael

The 2012 Olympians continue to trickle into the pro ranks, the latest being middleweight Enrique "Kikin" Collazo of Puerto Rico.

Promoters Gary Shaw and Javier Bustillo of Universal Promotions announced on Wednesday that they have signed Collazo to a co-promotional contract.

"Adding Collazo to our stable is tremendous as we move forward to 2013," Shaw said. "Enrique brings an exciting style to the ring and together with my good friend Javier Bustillo, we plan to showcase him on an international stage.

"I'm very excited to be working closely with Bustillo in Puerto Rico to bring the best talent out of the island. Our already great stable of fighters is growing just as we planned and we feel we have the best fighters coming out of Puerto Rico."

Collazo's professional debut is scheduled for Jan. 25 at Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, N.Y., on the undercard of an ESPN2 "Friday Night Fights" card headlined by former junior middleweight titlist Sergiy Dzinziruk facing Brian Vera in a middleweight bout.

He won a gold medal at the 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games in Puerto Rico. In 2012, he claimed gold in the Juan Evangelista Venegas Olympic Cup in Puerto Rico. In the 2012 London Olympics, Collazo was eliminated in his first bout, losing an 18-10 decision to Stefan Hartel of Germany.

Now it's on to the pros.

"Our goal together with Gary Shaw is to fulfill his dream of becoming world champion," Bustillo said.