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Monday, May 08, 2006
On this week's edition of SecondsOut Radio, host Eddie Goldman speaks with Ricky Hatton and WBA welterweight champ Luis Collazo, who fight Sat., May 13, in Boston, Mass.
Based primarily on his stoppages last year over both Kostya Tszyu and Carlos Maussa, Hatton was selected as “Fighter of the Year” by the Boxing Writers Association of America and The Ring magazine. This year he plans to take the next steps to becoming recognized as a boxing superstar throughout the world.
Hatton, who has regularly sold out the M.E.N. Arena in his hometown of Manchester, England, for years, is having his first fight in the U.S. since 2000, and his first major title fight abroad. This will also be his first fight at welterweight, after having amassed an unblemished record of 40-0 with 30 KOs in the 140-pound division.
But his first foe at this new weight will be no pushover. Though far less known, last year Luis Collazo (26-1, 12 KOs) went into the hometown of Worcester, Mass., of then-WBA welterweight champ Jose Rivera and took a split decision from him. This past weekend, Rivera knocked WBA 154-pound champ Alejandro “Terra” Garcia down five times en route to a lopsided decision over him to capture that belt, so Rivera is not exactly a slouch and Collazo’s win over him now looks that much more impressive.
We got a chance to speak with both Ricky Hatton and Luis Collazo this past week, and you can now hear our discussions.
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