For Collazo, Monday is truly Labor Day
August, 31, 2013
By Michael Woods | ESPNNewYork.com
Elsa/Getty ImagesLuis Collazo, right, hopes that a win on Monday yields an Adrien Broner or Keith Thurman matchup.
It's Labor Day Weekend, and for many, there is no resting their weary bones or minds. There will be some rest, but not much, for Brooklyn-born Queens resident Luis Collazo as he counts down to a Monday contest in Texas.
The 33-year-old former welterweight titlist, who is keen on getting back to that apex he enjoyed in 2005, is fighting Alan Sanchez at Cowboys Dance Hall in San Antonio (Fox Sports 1).
Collazo (33-5, 17 KOs) hasn't had to go far to fight of late. His two most recent contests -- wins against Steve Upsher Chambers last October and Miguel Callist in April -- came at Brooklyn's Barclays Center.
I recently reached out to Collazo and asked him what brought him to Texas for a Labor Day weekend gig.
"I was originally supposed to fight Shawn Porter," he said. "I said yes, but it fell through. So this was another fight Golden Boy came up with. I just want to fight. This is something I love doing. I like entertaining the fans."
Collazo will be fighting Sanchez (12-2-1, 6 KOs), of Fairfield, Calif., for a minor welterweight title.
"Alan Sanchez is tough, young and hungry," said Wilson Oswaldo Naranjo, Collazo's manager. He's coming off of seven straight wins. But we are pretty confident."
And if Collazo wins, what's next? Is he nearing a title shot? "I'm not sure of the promoters' plan, but I know my plan. That's to bring the belt home, back home to Brooklyn," Collazo said. "That's my plan."
Naranjo clued me in a bit more: "After the win, we would like to fight Keith Thurman or Adrien Broner."
Broner is expected to clash with Marcos Maidana next. Thurman (21-0, 19 KOs), who holds a welterweight world title and doesn't yet have a scrap set, would seem to be the smart bet for Collazo.