Richard Schaefer likes Keith Thurman-Luis Collazo


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Luis Collazo expressed supreme confidence as he entered the ring prior to Thursday night's second-round knockout victory over welterweight rival Victor Ortiz at Barclays Center in Brooklyn to Collazo's hometown of Brooklyn.

A 32-year-old former titleholder, Collazo (35-5, 18 knockouts) was making his third appearance at Barclays Center during a run of four consecutive wins, and his momentum was not lost on Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer.

"I said a few weeks ago that Luis Collazo was going to be ready, and I said that he was going to be hungry, and I said that he would want it," said Schaefer, "and that's exactly what he showed last night. He showed that he wanted it, and you saw that in the way that he walked out. He soaked up every minute of that ring walk. He was not going to be denied that night."

Collazo landed a vicious right hook that stunned Ortiz, who dropped to his knees and remained there as he was counted out by referee Benjy Esteves at the 2:59 mark.

During his post-fight interview, Collazo called out  Floyd Mayweather Jr., who still is considering the opponent he will fight next on May 3 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas amid wide speculation that he will face England's Amir Khan.

Click here for a video interview with Collazo.

"Hey, I want what the fans want. I want Floyd here in New York. Bring Floyd here to New York," said Collazo. "He stays in Vegas. I'm tired of going to Vegas. I would love for him to come here in NYC, here in Brooklyn at the Barclays. Floyd, if you watching, let's make it happen, man."

But Schaefer envisions a different bout for Collazo in 147-pound contender Keith “One Time” Thurman (22-0, 20 KOs), a 25-year-old boxer-puncher who is coming off December's ninth-round technical knockout over experienced gatekeeper Jesus Soto-Karass .

"One fight that I would love to see is Keith Thurman against Luis Collazo. You would have the experience from Luis, which definitely came through last night," said Schaefer.

"Keith Thurman is still very young, and he's still learning, and he's obviously a devastating puncher, but I think that that would be a fascinating matchup. I don't know if it can happen or if it will happen, but that is definitely a fight that, as a fan, I would love to see."

Collazo split-decisioned Jose Antonio Rivera for the WBA's 147-pound belt in May of 2005, stopped Miguel Angel Gonzalez in the eighth-round of his first defense in August of that year, but then lost the title to Ricky Hatton in a disputed unanimous decision after being floored in the first-round in May of 2006.

From there, Collazo went 3-2 with two knockout wins over his next five fights, falling by unanimous decision to Shane Mosley and Andre Berto in February of 2007 and January of 2009, respectively.

Collazo has gone 6-1 with four knockouts victories in his past seven bouts, and is 4-0 with two knockouts since falling by 10-round unanimous decision to Freddy Hernandez, who dropped him in the eighth round in October of 2011.

Before winning a unanimous decision over Alan Sanchez in Texas in his last fight in September, Collazo won two straight, with each of the wins taking place at Barclays Center.

"Luis Collazo is one, determined man, and he has been at the top of the mountain, and he wants to be there again," said Schaefer. "I definitely see a potential title fight for him within the next fight or two, and I will be discussing with my matchmakers some ideas I have, and then we'll take it from there."