Terence Crawford is reportedly closing in on a deal to defend his WBO welterweight title against Luis Collazo.
Feb 18, 2021 All that leaves is Terence Crawford– who Pacquiao has reportedly asked for $40 million to face– and names such as Shawn Porter, Danny Garcia, and, of course, Mikey Garcia. And of the options available to Manny, Mikey is probably the most appealing if risk vs. Reward is, indeed, a consideration.
The story comes as a shock to most boxing fans as the champion appeared to be headed for a fight against Lithuania’s Egidijus Kavaliauskas next.
Vegascasino io free spins. Crawford and Kavaliauskas are both signed to Bob Arum’s Top Rank, however BoxingScene claim that an agreement is nearly complete for Bud to defend against Collazo next – despite the fact he is aligned to Al Haymon’s rival organisation, PBC.
The WBO ruler claimed his title by knocking out Jeff Horn in June and then made his first defence with a stoppage of Jose Benavidez in October.
Meanwhile, the challenger was last seen beating Bryant Perella in a ten-round undercard bout in August.
It is understood that the fight is being targeted for March 23 at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Luis Collazo, 37, won a WBA welterweight belt in 2005 and has since failed on two subsequent challenges against Andre Berto and Keith Thurman.
He has also lost to two Brits in Amir Khan and Ricky Hatton, but will now get another shot against pound-for-pound star Terence Crawford, 31, who is a three division world champion.