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Sammy Vasquez to face Luis Collazo on Feb. 2, trainer says

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Sammy Vasquez didn’t pick a soft touch to come back against after suffering his first loss to Felix Diaz in July.

Vasquez, who served two tours in Iraq as a member of the national guard, is set to face former titleholder Luis Collazo on Feb. 2 in an intriguing crossroads bout between southpaws, Vasquez’s trainer, Charles Leverette told on Monday. Vasquez and Collazo were supposed to square off in July but Collazo (36-7, 19 knockouts) suffered a calf injury and withdrew two weeks before the fight, allowing Diaz to step into the breach. Leverette didn’t reveal a venue, and it’s not clear what network it will appear on.

Vasquez (21-1, 15 KOs) had a tough time with the shorter Diaz, losing a decision on the undercard of Deontay Wilder’s heavyweight title defense against Chris Arreola on July 16 in Birmingham, Alabama. In Collazo, he’s facing a crafty veteran who was able to hurt 147-pound titleholder Keith Thurman with a body shot in July of 2015 before he succumbed and retired after the seventh round. Collazo hasn’t fought since. Collazo’s side declined comment on the match-up with Vasquez.

Leverette expects a win against the respected but aging Collazo, 35, to propel Vasquez, 30, back into the title hunt at 147 pounds. “Everybody else has fought Collazo and went on to fight for world titles,” Leverette said in a phone interview. “That’s what I’m hoping. He had a mishap in his last fight but I’m hoping it goes like it went for all his other fights and he gets some other opportunities.”