Keith “One Time” Thurman notches one more win with Luis Collazo TKO
It had been more than a year since Keith Thurman ended a bout early. That streak is now over, with Thurman scoring a technical knockout after seven rounds against Luis Collazo, a former 147-pound titleholder from nearly a decade ago who was Thurman’s best opponent yet.
Thurman was the aggressor, walking Collazo down and working behind combinations in the opening rounds. Collazo showed he still had some fight left in him, trading on occasion. But while Thurman’s nickname is “One Time,” it was Collazo who had the most remarkable single shot, landing a left to the body in the fifth round that had Thurman hunched over, battling the urge to take a knee, and seeking to recover.
He survived the remainder of the round, then was able to do more damage to Collazo’s marked-up face. A head butt and Thurman’s punches opened up a pair of cuts over Collazo’s right eye. The blood poured down, blinding Collazo, who said after the seventh that he couldn’t see, giving good reason (and permission, essentially) for the fight to be halted.
As has become the norm, Thurman called out Floyd Mayweather Jr. in his post-fight interview. That bout is unlikely ever to happen. Mayweather is headed in a different direction for what will presumably be his farewell fight on Sept. 12. Nevertheless, Thurman remains undefeated, continues to get spotlight fights, and is developing into a contender in a division full of potential opponents. His likely future foes could include rising prospect Errol Spence, former 140-pound titleholder Amir Khan, former 147-pound titleholder Shawn Porter, or perhaps even the guy who topped Porter for his belt, Kell Brook.
Collazo’s decision to end the fight early, meanwhile, kept him from taking unnecessary punishment and allows him to return another day. Whenever that does happen, it probably will once again be as a veteran opponent expected to give a rising star a good test.
Mauricio Herrera tops Hank Lundy in fight literally cut short
A fight that ends because of an injury caused by an accidental clash of heads isn’t the ideal way for a boxer to win or lose. But while junior welterweight Mauricio Herrera suffered bad gashes over both of his eyes, he at least was able to leave with a victory over fellow 140-pounder Hank Lundy. Their fight ended as a technical decision with about a minute remaining in the fifth round, when the referee saw that one of Herrera’s cuts had gotten worse and sent the bout to the scorecards.
Herrera’s and Lundy’s heads first collided in the opening round when both men came forward at the same time. Herrera took the worst of it, blood streaming from above his right eye. Another head butt in the second round occurred when Lundy led with his noggin while throwing a punch. Again, it was Herrera whose skin opened up, this time over his left eye. That was the wound which led to the fight being stopped rounds later.
In-between, a fight that had begun with neither man asserting control or dominating the action turned into a decent scrap. That was particularly true in the third round as both boxers exchanged combinations in close, and then in the fourth as Herrera would throw a few punches, duck and move away, then start over again. The partial fifth round got tallied by the judges as well, and that proved to be just enough for Herrera to edge Lundy, winning by just one point on two of the three scorecards. The third judge had it even.
Herrera is a decent fighter who has come up short against several recognizable names, including what some feel was a robbery loss in a close fight with Danny Garcia last year. He took another defeat against a different opponent in December. This win is what he needed to put him in line for another notable bout, be it a rematch with Provodnikov or even a shot at the winner of a title fight between Lucas Matthysse and Viktor Postol.
The loss was tough luck for Lundy, who has now dropped two in a row. He deserves another chance. Someone just needs to give him one.