With A Win Tonight, Sky's The Limit For Alexei Collado

By Jake Donovan

If all goes as planned, then by the end of Friday evening the boxing world will bear witness to what one manager in particular knew all along would be the case – that Alexei Collado is one to watch out for in the future.

“From the moment I saw Alexei, I knew he had ‘world champion’ written all over him,” insists Henry Rivalta, COO of Rivalta Management, and who was instrumental in bringing the unbeaten super bantamweight to Iron Mike Productions. 

Collado makes his Showtime-televised debut when he headlines a Shobox tripleheader Friday evening in Monroeville, Pennsylvania. The Cuban-born boxer faces local favorite Rod Salka in a scheduled 10-round super featherweight contest.

The bout comes a couple of divisions above Collado’s comfort zone, although the 26-year old and his team – which includes manager Patrick Thomas - have prepared for such occasions. Traditionally a super bantamweight, Friday’s contest marks Collado’s fourth straight bout at 130 lb. or above, gradually increasing the competition level with each ring appearance.

Salka (18-3, 3KO) comes with local flavor, his team having even promoted several of his bouts in the Pittsburgh-area, adding to what can potentially serve as an uncomfortable situation. Collado and his team don’t seem particularly concerned.

“The weight doesn’t affect Alexei; he has added muscle to his body, which is normal for boxers,” promises Rivalta, whose working relationship with Collado is based strictly on personal friendship prior to getting him signed with Acquinity Sport – now Iron Mike Productions – in 2013. “I see Alexei being very strong at this weight, and a knockout win wouldn’t surprise me.”

The bout marks just the fourth time Collado – based out of Cork, Ireland – fights stateside. He is coming off of an eight-round points win over Edgar Riovalle this past February in Bethelem, Pennsylvania. The plan is to keep the rising prospect active in 2014 and then hopefully set sights on a forthcoming world title shot at anywhere from 122 lb. to 135 lb.

“We must beat Rod Salka first, but (IMP CEO) Garry Jonas has greats plans to Collado,” Rivalta indicates. “I think we will see him fighting often to move up in the rankings, and the hope is to get a title fight perhaps before the end of 2015.”
Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of, as well as the Records Keeper for the Transnational Boxing Ratings Board and a member of Boxing Writers Association of America. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment - View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines Frampton: I'll Make it Two-Nil, Santa Cruz Only Fights One Way! Golovkin's Coach: I Doubt Canelo Will Last Eight or Nine Rounds Jeff Horn Crushes Rico Mueller As Title Shot Nears David Haye: Fans Want Me To Smash Tony Bellew, Shut Him Up Joshua Taylor Tabbed To Become World Champion By McGuigan Tim Bradley: I Need To Retire A Winner, Capture One More Title Eric Molina: I'll Fight Anthony Joshua or David Price on Dec. 10 Canelo: It Would Be an Honor To Rematch Miguel Cotto Kevin Lerena Confident of Knocking Micki Nielsen Out Dejan Zlaticanin: I'm Fighting Mikey Garcia on January 28 Custio Clayton Stops Ramses Agaton in Eight Rounds in Montreal WBO Prez To Canelo Critics: Why Did Golovkin Reject Andre Ward! Terence Crawford Seeks Foe For 12/10, Antonio Orozco Next? Chavez Sr. Expects His Son To Return Stronger, Better Than Ever Jessie Magdaleno, Oscar Valdez Discuss Their PPV Fights Golovkin, Sanchez Frown at Golden Boy's Offer To Face Canelo Charlo-Williams, Cuellar-Mares, Promoted By Schaefer, on Dec. 10 Photos: LaRon Mitchell, Scott Alexander Ready For Battle Photos: Valdez, Magdaleno Putting in Work For PPV Fights Golovkin's Promoter Willing To Make Concessions To Get Canelo David Price: If I Land Joshua, I'm Going in There To Do Damage WBO Prez: No Doubt Canelo Knocks Mayweather Out in Rematch! Orlando Salido's Adviser Provides Update on Back Injury Abel Sanchez Has High Expectations For Alex Saucedo Photos: Gennady Golovkin is a Big Hit in Mexico City Parker-Ruiz Approved For WBO Belt, Winner Must Face David Haye Sam Soliman Over The Moon With Court Victory in Germany Coyle-Hibbert, Scarpa-Davies, Bellotti Set For Nov 26 at Wembley Hearn Frustrated: Klitschko-Browne is Huge Letdown For Fans! Carl Frampton Says Rematch Deal Finalized With Leo Santa Cruz Chilemba Training With Roy Jones Jr. For Oleksandr Gvozdyk Alberto Palmetta, Olympian, Inks With Sampson, Maravilla Photos: Frankie Gavin, Sam Eggington Square Up at FInal Presser Abel Sanchez: Golovkin Can Be Nice, Gassiev Wants To Hurt You! Tony Thompson: That ‘Fool’ Dillian Whyte Is C-Level, Easy Work Roberto Duran: Canelo Alvarez Will Beat Gennady Golovkin! Magdaleno: I Want To Send Nonito Donaire Into Retirement Hooker: 140 is a Tough Division, Terence Crawford is Top Dog David Price Willing To Replace Klitschko, Fight Anthony Joshua Hearn: I Think Klitschko Might Be Looking For Easier Fight

Latest Active Forum Threads