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Collazo, 22, took home the grand prize at light flyweight
Golden Boy Promotions and Miguel Cotto Promotions have teamed up to cultivate what might be Puerto Rico’s next title hope, signing 22-year-old Pan-American Games gold medalist Oscar Collazo to a promotional deal. “The Pupil” is set to make his debut on February 15th.
“I’m a little anxious for my debut. I have great plans,” said Collazo, who had over 140 fights as an amateur. “I want to be the face of boxing in Puerto Rico, and I have the tools to do that. By signing with Miguel Cotto Promotions, I have come to the right places to accomplish those plans.”
”We had many offers on the table, but the best offer was definitely from Miguel Cotto Promotions. Aside from the fact that Miguel had a great career as a boxer, I think we have joined a promoter that can help develop us. It’s enough to see how many world champions they’ve had in [Angel] “Tito” Acosta and [Alberto] Machado, along with many various regional champions. They have a great squadron of prospects. Being with a promoter like that really motivates me.”
Collazo won his medal at light flyweight, the division at which the aforementioned Acosta won and thrice defended the WBO title before losing it in a shocker to Elwin Soto earlier this year. Acosta was the only male Puerto Rican world champion, a void Cotto, De La Hoya, and co. are eager to see the young man fill.
“We have always been a faithful believer that as an amateur boxer you must have a complete experience because it gives you the tools to be successful at a professional level. Oscar Collazo is a natural talent and has what it takes to be a world champion in the near future,” said Miguel Cotto, President of Miguel Cotto Promotions.
”Oscar Collazo has great talent, and we are very content and enthused that he has put his trust in us to work together. Oscar Collazo will be a world champion,” said Héctor Soto, Vice President and promoter of Miguel Cotto Promotions y H2 Entertainment.
”Golden Boy has crowned several Puerto Rican world champions in the past few years because of our great partnership with Miguel Cotto Promotions,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy. “And now with this new signing, I’m sure that we’ll be developing several more in the near future. Oscar Collazo is a standout talent at mini flyweight, a division where we have hosted many exciting fights in recent months. We look forward jointly promoting this young boxer with our friends at Miguel Cotto Promotions.”
Collazo is the latest standout amateur to forego a shot at the 2020 Games in favor of turning pro; Jared Anderson, a shoo-in for Team USA, signed with Top Rank earlier this year in similar fashion. It’s a trend worth keeping an eye on.