Queens,New York — September 27, 2012 Light middleweight Luis Collazo (31-5-0, 16 KO’s) a southpaw from Queens,New York is long overdue to get back into the squared circle. Finally all his fans will get to see him in action on October 20, 2012 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn,New York against an opponent yet to be determined. Golden Boy Promotions will be promoting the event.
Pattee Mak: The last time you fought was on 10-15-2011 against Freddy Hernandez on 10-15-2011 in Los Angeles,California. You lost 10 rounds by UD. What happened in that fight?
Collazo: Yes, that was my first fight with Golden Boy Promotions. My team and I wanted to try fighting in a different weight class and we knew that Freddy Hernandez would be a very competitive fighter at that weight class. As for the loss I feel that it was the inactivity that hurt me. My timing was off and I felt out of place at times. I can’t take anything away from Hernandez he came out with the victory and he gave a great performance.
Pattee Mak: Did you go into the fight at 100%?
Collazo: Yes, I feel that I went into the fight at 100%, it’s just part of boxing. I feel that a fighter you need to stay active in order to stay sharp and that’s what I lacked and it showed that night in the ring.
Pattee Mak: Anything you wished you did differently during the fight?
Collazo: Well, I feel I should of boxed a little more to get my rhythm and not be so aggressive.
Pattee Mak: It’ll be almost a year to the date since your last fight. Why the break?
Collazo: During my last fight I injured my shoulder I didn’t mention anything to my corner and continued to fight until the end. After the fight I had my shoulder examined and was told I had a torn Labrum. I went under surgery the following month to repair the tear. In the months following I was in rehabilitation. But my injury is healed and I’m ready for my next fight.
Pattee Mak: Your opponent is yet to be determined. Do you find it difficult to train for this fight not knowing whom your opponent will be?
Collazo: Yes, it can be difficult but as a fighter you have to adapt. Hopefully I get a chance to see a tape or two of my opponent. Either way, I just train hard and stay focused on the prize.
Pattee Mak: This might be a premature question but what words would you say to your opponent once the contract is signed?
Collazo: (lol) I’m not much of a trash talker…I just bring my all into the ring and give the boxing fans what they want to see….an exciting performance.
Pattee Mak: Is there anyone that you’d like to call out now or in the future? I know at one time Victor “Vicious” Ortiz .…. maybe?
Collazo: Right now my main focus is to get ready for my upcoming fight. I’m not thinking ahead for any future fights. I need to see where I am in my boxing game.
Pattee Mak: At one time you were the WBA World welterweight champ. Any belts in the future that have caught your eye?
Collazo: As a boxer I would love to have them all (lol), but yes the one I really would like is the IBF title.
Pattee Mak: I believe you are away at camp. For those who don’t know exactly what “camp” is and the differences between camp and the gym, can you fill me in?
Collazo: Camp is awesome. You get to focus on everything you need to in preparing for the fight without any distractions. While at home you can easily be distracted by unnecessary things. In camp you would continue your normal workout routine but you focus more on yourself …you make sure you’re getting the proper nutrition and lots of rest.
Pattee Mak: You fought a total of 36 pro fights. You had some pretty tough opponents, Andre Berto, “Sugar” Shane Mosley, Ricky Hatton, Jose Antonio Rivera to name a few. Out of all your fights which one was the toughest?
Collazo: To be quite honest boxing is a tough sport all around. I feel all of those fights were tough. There’s not one specific fight I would say was tougher then the other. They are all great fighters and all have different styles.
Pattee Mak: Your body tats…. Talk to me about them.
Collazo: Well, I would say getting tattoos is sort of an addiction (lol). Tattooing is a form of art and I love being able to express myself through my tattoos.
Pattee Mak: Your first pro bout was on 5-16-2000 against Jose Maldonado. Are you contempt at where Collazo is currently right now or where would you like to be in the sport of boxing?
Collazo: I think I came a long way to try and make a name for myself, finding a promoter and trying to make a couple of dollars. It wasn’t easy but only the determined and gamed fighters will overcome the bumpy roads and obstacles.
Pattee Mak: You’ll be fighting in your own back yard. Anything you’d like to say to yourNew York fans?
Collazo: I’m very excited to be fighting in my hometown. It’s going to be an awesome night. And to the fans, I look forward to seeing you all on October 20th. Not only will you be seeing some of the best fighters from NYC but you don’t want to miss the opportunity to be part of a historical event.
Pattee Mak: Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions. I’m glad your shoulder is healed and I look forward to seeing you in the ring on the 20th.
Collazo: Thank you so much for the interview. I look forward to seeing you there.
Pattee Mak: Should you have any comments or suggestions, please free to contact me on facebook at Pattee Mak, Twitter @PatteeMak or below. (This interview with via email. Picture provided by Luis Collazo).
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