Victor Ortiz-Luis Collazo Set For January 30 at Barclays

By Rick Reeno

Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer has advised that he finalized a battle of former welterweight champions for January 30th, as Victor Ortiz (29-4-2, 22KOs) will make his return to the ring against Luis Collazo (34-5, 17KOs) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The fight will be televised by FOX Sports 1.

Ortiz will enter the ring for the first time since the June 2012 TKO loss to Josesito Lopez. During the fight, which led to a ninth round stoppage, Ortiz suffered a badly broken jaw. The surgery and post-rehab placed Ortiz on the shelf for several months.

Collazo has put together a three fight streak after dropping an upset decision to Freddy Hernandez in October of 2011.

Ortiz was originally set to return on December 14th, as part of the Adrien Broner-Marcos Maidana undercard. Golden Boy was trying to match him against IBF 154-pound champion Carlos Molina, but the sanctioning refused to approve the fight. Then a fight with Alfonso Gomez was set, but Gomez withdrew after suffering an injury in training camp.

Schaefer indicates that the new opportunity for Ortiz will be huge - as FOX will include Golden Boy's event as part of their massive promotion for Super Bowl XLVIII‎, taking place on February 2.

"As you know FOX is doing the Super Bowl this year, and they are going to be doing a big UFC fight and they are going to be doing a big boxing fight with Golden Boy. We are going to be hosting the boxing event for the Super Bowl from the Barclays Center, on January 30th, with Ortiz facing Luis Collazo. We are going to do a big show that night and Ortiz-Collazo will be the main event," Schaefer told 

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Mr. Philadel on 11-09-2013

Team Ortiz should've gotten a easier fight than this....Vic been on the shelf for a whole minute....Lou ain't no slouch....tough fight to call imo....Vic need to roll with Al Haymond...Boss man would've never let him jump outta the frying pan…

Comment by ramses07 on 11-08-2013

[QUOTE=.:: JSFD26 ::.;13911897]Didn't Ortiz go life and death with Berto too? [SIZE="1"][I]Posted from App for Android[/I][/SIZE][/QUOTE] Are we rewriting history or is every match life and death now? Berto had one good round, and that was it.

Comment by Pez on 11-08-2013

collazo is destined to be screwed on the cards. ortiz just needs to manage to stay on his feet.

Comment by CTC JOHNNY on 11-08-2013

Just glad to see Ortiz back in the game !!! Luis Collazo is a good talent @ 147!!! But this is prize fighting!!! You have to love it:dunno:

Comment by moonshineman on 11-08-2013

Collozo and Ortiz are friends. Hope that fact doesn't effect the fight.

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